LEO: Angel in Manhattan

BLUESONG GUIDE DESCRIPTIONIn Ellis Paul’s whimsical song an angel lands unexpectedly in the heart of New York City. During the last verse the angel ironically asks the crowd gathered at city hall “the question here is do I believe in you?” Mindblue editors find this song to be one of the most enjoyable to use in the classroom because of its thought provoking narrative and powerful use of literary devices.

Mindblue’s differentiated lesson plan for “Angel in Manhattan” is filled with multi-disciplinary activities linking the song to Rembrandt paintings, Emily Dickenson’s poem “Hope is a Thing with Feathers” and films like Tom Hank’s comedy Splash. Any text that deals with issues of faith in oneself, society, or religion such as Bless Me, Ultima, Shoeless Joe (the basis for the Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams) and the play Inherit the Wind are a perfect compliments for Mindblue’s “Angel in Manhattan” study guide.


Loss of Faith


Belief in oneself









Go Tell It on the Mountain - James Baldwin

The Natural – Bernard Malamud

“Hope is a thing with feathers” – Emily Dickinson

Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

Shoeless Joe – W.P. Kinsella

Beloved – Toni Morrison

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickins

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Antigony – Sophocles

Da Vince Code – Dan Brown

Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

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