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  School: Hand Middle School
 
  Location: Columbia, SC
 
  Grade: 6
 
  Disciplines: Theatre
Language Arts
 
  Description: Students create puppet theatre based on a study of Greek mythology.
 
 
 

Breathing Life Into Myths

Boy with puppet Program Summary
A language arts teacher draws on puppetry techniques and help from her school’s theatre teacher to engage her sixth-graders in exploring Greek myths.
 
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Helen Schell HELEN SCHELL, 6th-Grade Language Arts Teacher
I’m trying to immerse the children in the idea that mythology and Greek culture permeate our day-to-day life. I chose puppets because any time I plan a curriculum for the kids, my first thought is “How can I draw them in?” We’re working with art, we’re working with theatre, we’re working with history, and obviously, we’re working with language arts and writing.

 
Jennifer Larson JENNIFER LARSON, Theatre Teacher
The way I worked with Helen Schell is very typical of what we do here. It started out as a passing in the hallway and that turned into a scheduled meeting. Initially we swapped ideas, and then I tried to stay a part of the process throughout. When the mythology scripts reached the level of production I went in and served as an advisor, working with Helen to get the kids to add some theatrics to the project, and doing some critiquing.
   
     

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