" ... And maybe what's good gets a little bit better, And maybe what's bad gets gone ... "


The song "It Goes Like It Goes" was the theme song for the movie "Norma Rae" and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1979. You can watch the music video above and click on the document below to read the song lyrics...





For this individual Wiki writing assignment (100 points) you will compose a four paragraph Wiki response that includes the following ...


In your first paragraph you must discuss why the song "It Goes Like It Goes" is an appropriate theme song for the movie. You must reference specific lyrics from the song and explain how the song is connected or relates to an aspect of the film which may include character development, a central theme of the movie and/or the setting.


In your second paragraph you should identify an alternate theme song (meets DCP standards) for the movie and embed the music video below your essay. In the second paragraph you must reference specific lyrics from the song and explain how the song is connected or relates to an aspect of the film including character development, a central theme of the movie and/or the setting. When it comes to song selection, some of you may choose a song like Bruce Springsteen's "Factory" that focuses on labor and working conditions while others may choose a song like Sister Hazel's "Change Your Mind" which focuses on personal growth, self-improvement, and making changes in your life. I have posted below videos for both of these songs along with excerpts from their lyrics.


At one point in the film Rueben tells Norma Rae that Dylan Thomas writes about "matters of consequence" and she should try reading his works because "maybe he has somethin' to say to you?" In the third paragraph you must introduce a quote from another source ( speech, poem, essay, literature...) that supports and amplifies a central issue or topic of the movie. You must introduce the citation, identify the source, explain the quote and discuss how the excerpt is connected or relates to an aspect of the film including character development, a central theme of the movie and/or the setting.


In the fourth paragraph you must identify and discuss (without using the word "I") lessons learned from this film along with any insights and new understandings you took away from the film regarding the labor movement, being a leader, goal setting, perseverance, healthy relationships, and the importance of self respect.






"...If you want to be somebody else If you're tired of fighting battles with yourself If you want to be somebody else change your mind....Hey what ya say We both go and seize the day"







"... Factory takes his hearing , factory gives him life ... the working, just the working life ... "



Norma 2010-11

Norma 2011-12



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