We did a couple puppet shows last Friday as an alternative project to writing a 2-page book report, which the students hate and there's usually trouble with plagiarism. One of the other teachers helped me get all the supplies I needed to make the stage (old science project poster boards and a scarf and some scotch tape).
The kids performed 2 books: 9th Grade - Great Expectations and 8th Grade - Old Yeller
I still don't have pics from Old Yeller but the kids were really creative making their puppets for that show. Last minute I invited the whole school to come watch because there so much interest in the shows. They weren't Broadway-worthy performances, but they weren't bad either. I thought it was a good start for some of them, and next year I plan to do more things like this.
Below is an excerpt from one of the scripts for Old Yeller I just had to share. Enjoy. (Oh, and if you didn't know, Old Yeller is set in Texas.)
Old Yeller Script:
Mama: Haven't you guys caught anything?
(Searcy, Lisabeth, Jed meets together)
Searcy: We've to be careful of hydrophobia. That may make our cows crazy - or even to death.
(Lisbeth talks with Travis about their dogs)
Lisbeth: I really want that boy's heart. However, he is only interested in my dog (saying to herself).
Travis: Yeah, Lisbeth's dog is very pretty. It plays with Old Yeller very much. But...I don't like Lisbeth
that much. She always talks too much.
Travis: Why? Do you have anything to say?
Lisbeth: I like U! Can you be my boyfriend?
Travis: Hmmm.... I think just staying as a good friend would be better.
The scene closed and then the student said on his own, "So sad..." It was hilarious.
Great Expectations - Mrs. Joe and Pip
Great Expectations: Joe and Pip
Great Expectations: Miss Havisham, Estella, and Pip
Great Expectations: Estella and Pip
Estella, Herbert Pocket, and Pip
Pip and Mr. Jaggers
Pip and Estella
Estella (known for her exquisite beauty)
a pic from the multi-purpose room