Lesson Plan

Play It Again

Merging art, creativity, and literature, this lesson is sure to be a crowd favorite. Students will practice their puppetry as they create plays to retell stories in this drama-filled lesson.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to retell stories through plays they have written, including key details and demonstrating understanding of their central message or lesson.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson by asking students whether or not they have seen a puppet show before. Ask them to bring up things they remember about it.
  • Tell students that in some cultures, puppet shows are used to retell famous stories and remind people of important lessons. Elaborate that lessons are sometimes called central messages.
  • Inform students that they will be producing their own puppet shows today based on stories they have recently read.

Beginning: Preview the content by taking students to see a puppet show or providing puppets and a puppet show to the class, using a familiar story.

Intermediate: Provide definitions for key vocabulary used in this lesson, such as retell, puppet, act, detail, event, and character.