Puppet and Play Making Part Two

Puppet Lesson Part two: Making the play

Objective: To have students not only recognize and accept the differences in their characters, but in other students characters. Then based off this acceptance have them create a play

Prep:

Bring the puppets that were prepared for last class to this one. Write a basic outline for students to follow for their play.

The outline provided for this lesson was

  1. Introduce each character by giving the characters name, what they enjoy to do, traits that are common and then state what makes that character different.
  2. Have each of the characters have something in common (Like enjoying video games)  or have a common goal (that they all want to build a sandcastle)
  3. Have the character be hesitant to accept each others differences
  4. Have characters realize things work better once we accept others for who they are.

Materials

  1. Puppets from previous class
  2. One sheet of white computer paper per group
  3. Pencils

Steps:

  1. Refresh the class about what they did last week. Discuss differences again and reintroduce your puppet from the last class
  2. Explain that this week we will be creating plays with the puppets we made from last week. Discuss what will go into the makings of this play. Bring up the outline and talk the class through it. Tell them they will receive a white piece of paper for the to write down their ideas and what they want to say for the play.
  3. Break the class into groups consisting of four students and have these students sit together. Hand back the puppets and give each group a white piece of paper with a pencil.
  4. Give the students time to work together and create a play. Some students will take more of an initiative and need less guidance while others may need to rely heavily on the outline that has been provided. Constantly check in with each group to make sure they are staying on task and are progressing with their play.
  5. With at least 25 minutes left have each group come up and present their play. Some groups may need to rely heavily on their paper and others may be more comfortable going up and having fun with it. Just treat each with enthusiasm and encouragement. Make sure each group has the class’s undivided attention, respect and applause at the end.

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