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Transcript of Warning! Puppets!!
The puppet is a visual metaphor, representing the 'real life', but at the same time, it is one step removed from the real world.
Puppets can inform and educate at the same time.
This is achieved by using puppets, which are live and interactive, and combining them
with humour and music, by really entertaining the target audience.
Use in Education
They are everywhere...
Why so Dangerous?
Danger Puppets on Campus
Puppetry brakes down barriers -
It can be used to break down racial, social, political
barriers and stereotypes, because it represents the 'neutral' aspect of the human,exaggerating its 'larger than life' issues. The reason for this is the puppet does not have to belong to any particular culture, race or language group or social
class. It is an ideal wayto reach a largely illiterate audience.
Puppets can say more than the 'live' actor - They can get away with being highly
controversial and thus often 'say more' than the live actor could get away with.
Especially when tackling taboo issues like sex and death, the puppet can be less
embarrassing to the audience. The puppet forms a 'buffer' between the performer and his
audience. It can deliver the strongest possible message, in a light-hearted manner
without offending or frightening the audience away.
Puppets in Prison
Democracy and Social Justice
The Muppet Movie
Domestic Total Gross: $65,200,000
Elmo is the only non-human or puppet ever to testify before the U.S. Congress. At the request and with the assistance of Rep. Duke Cunningham, he testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in April 2002, urging support for increased funding in music education.
Kami is the first HIV positive muppet. He stars on Takalani Sesame in South Africa.
120 countries air Sesame Street
20 International Versions so far
... addresses disabilities, cultural diversity, children's mental health, social and safety issues, substance abuse, healthy bodies and AIDS.
Puppets on the Block
What kinds will you make?
Worthy and Prater (2002) describe the effective use of readers’ theater to increase reading fluency and motivation. They value readers’ theater performance as “an authentic reason to engage in the repeated reading of texts” (p. 295), and assert that the readers’ theater performance becomes an effective vehicle for reading at an appropriate rate while attending to meaning, rather than reading fast without understanding the contextual meaning of the words.
Table Top Puppetry allows for imagined worlds where different
structures and ways of responding are encouraged. Students can
go beyond “schooled” modes of response and recitation, to a space
for enactment, ownership, challenge, and construction of multiple views
There are all kinds of puppets...
Puppets make learning memorable
They draw on multimodal knowledge
How can puppets
enhance your instruction?
ELL Language Play