Room: Magnolia D


Andrew Cerco

  • Salisbury Township School District
  • acerco@stsd.org
  • Social Studies - Grades 10th - 12th

Where’s the Fire Now

This project is based off of Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” the class discusses how Billy Joel used people, events and topics that cover social, political, economic, religious and military issues from the Cold War era. The students are then assigned the project of writing new lyrics using more recent events and issues starting after the Cold War era. In their research the students select topics to use as lyrics and also fit the musical melody then record those lyrics using GarageBand. After the audio is recorded the students add pictures to represent their topic using Podcast. Finally, the groups must write up a description of each topic used in their song. The descriptions must identify the event, explain its historical significance and provide an impact the event may carry to present day.