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Arizona State University

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Fozzie Bear, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Nelson Fine Arts Center
    Child Drama Studio, Room #131

    Instructor: Gordon Hensley
    Email: Gordon_Hensley@hotmail.com
    Theatre Office Number: 480-965-5359
    Mail Box: Dixie Gammage Hall, 2nd Floor Department of Theatre, Room #232

    This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the basic materials, techniques, and theories for facilitating puppetry with youth by exploring puppets as an art form and in design and performance, and addressing the applications of puppetry as an educational tool. The format of the class is geared toward performers and educators and includes written work, lesson plan construction, puppet construction and manipulation, presentations, discussions, reflections, and observations.

    To articulate educational and performance puppetry techniques and applications
    To demonstrate basic educational leadership and planning skills
    To develop lesson plans relative to the field of study
    To locate various source materials for puppetry construction and performance
    To gain technique and confidence as a puppeteer

    This class requires written work, self critiques, evaluation of others’ work, presentations of puppets, group discussions, purchasing/bringing supplies, and puppet construction outside of allotted class time.

    There is currently no required text for this class. Supplemental texts may be required or suggested.

    Attendance is mandatory. Ten (10) points per absence will be deducted from your final grade after one absence. Three (3) tardies or leaving class early three (3) times is equivalent one absence. Due to the time constraint of winter session, this policy is not flexible.

    Participation is mandatory. Please wear clothing you can construct puppets, sit on the floor, and move freely in. If you have any particular needs (accessibility, medical situations, etc.) please let me know!

    All assignments must be typed in twelve (12) point font, double spaced, and formatted according to the latest addition of the MLA handbook. Points will be deducted for grammatical errors. Assignments will not be accepted after the end of the class period on the due date. No late work will be accepted unless arranged with the instructor prior to the due date.

    There is no mid-term for this class. We will meet during the final exam period. The final exam will be written, and will be based on the Elementary Education Standards in Fine Arts from the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment document.

    My office is on the second floor of Dixie Gammage on the ASU main campus, room 211. Please feel free to contact me via phone, email, or speak to me after class. I will make myself available as needed. Contact me if you have any concerns, needs, or suggestions on the improvement of your educational experience.

    Puppet Construction—Constructed in class and due 01/12
    Using materials that you bring to class (start collecting now!), and some that are provided, construct the following types of puppets: Sock puppet, Glove puppet, Box-mouth puppet, Rod puppet, String puppet, Shadow puppet, Felt head puppet, and Junk puppet. At least one of your puppets should teach or explore a concept (shapes, colors, doctor visits, etc.). Construction will be graded on effort, creativity, intent, and educational value. Your work will not be compared or graded against others in the class. 512 students will be graded with higher artistic and creative expectations.

    Cultural Puppetry Presentation—Due 01/03 and 01/04
    Research and present to the class a style of cultural puppetry of today or of the past. Some suggested topics include: Japanese Bunraku puppetry, Indonesian shadow puppets, Vietnamese water puppets, Native American masks, Wayang Golek, German puppet festivals, Italian glove puppets, Bil Baird, Jim Henson, William Patten, Tony Sarg, and the Bread and Puppet Theatre. Turn in an outline of your presentation. In your ten-minute presentation to the class, include visuals and answer these questions:

    How are the puppets constructed (materials, process, who makes them)?
    How are they manipulated? Who manipulates them?
    What events, stories, rituals, or celebrations are associated with these puppets? Describe them.
    Who is the audience for these puppets/this style?
    What did you find most interesting?

    Lesson Plan / Puppet Show Presentation—Due 01/08, 01/09, 01/10, and 01/11
    Each student is required to present two lesson plans OR two puppet shows (this is determined by your focus area) to the class. This section of this class is broken into four separately graded phases.

    Planning Session
    Devise a lesson plan or a puppet show for presentation. You must present a rough-draft lesson plan or script outline to the instructor and be able to brainstorm ideas.

    Written Plan
    The lesson plan or puppet script must be typed and in an acceptable format. Lesson plans should include designated grade level, Arizona State Educational Performance Objectives (Improvisation/Design/Playwriting/Producing standards), a warm-up, a supply list, a process, and a reflection/assessment area. Puppet shows should include the script, a props/scenery list, development sketches (if needed), and a manipulation chart. Provide a copy for all classmates the day of your demonstration.
  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    This assignment is a verbal reflection, in class, after your demonstration. Briefly answer the following questions:
    How might the students respond positively? Why?
    How might the students respond negatively? Why?
    What did you learn from conducting this lesson or constructing this puppet?
    What would you do differently if you were to do it again?

    Tell us about your lesson, then present the puppet as if we were your students. Puppet shows will perform in class. Dates will be assigned. All presentations will be during the class period. Teaching/facilitation should only last about 5 minutes. Know your lesson/show, be prepared, and lead with confidence!

    History of Puppetry Paper—Due 01/12
    Research and compile your version of the history of puppetry. Summarize the history of puppetry around the world, or in a specific country, including performance and education. For full credit, this paper should be a minimum of three full pages (five pages for 512 students), excluding works cited, and images.

    Final Notebook—Due 01/12
    The final notebook, turned in during the final exam period, should be organized with dividers and be user-friendly. The contents should include, but are not limited to, the following:
    Puppetry Lesson Plans (from class members)
    Puppet Shows (from class members)
    Arizona Theatre Standards and Performance Objectives for K-6
    Construction Notes/Research/Sketches
    Graded Materials
    Class Notes
    A One-page Bibliography of Useful Puppetry Resources for Non-Theatre Teachers

    *Please note that due to the nature of this class,
    the syllabus is a tentative schedule and may change.


    History of Puppetry Paper 10 _____ ______________________________
    Cultural Puppetry Presentation 5 _____ ______________________________
    Lesson Plan #1
    Planning Session 5 _____
    Written Plan 5 _____ ______________________________
    Self-Evaluation 5 _____
    Presentation 5 _____
    Lesson Plan #2
    Planning Session 5 _____
    Written Plan 5 _____ ______________________________
    Self-Evaluation 5 _____
    Presentation 5 _____
    Puppet Construction
    Sock puppet 4 _____ ______________________________
    Glove puppet 4 _____ ______________________________
    Box-mouth puppet 4 _____ ______________________________
    Rod puppet 3 _____ ______________________________
    String puppet 4 _____ ______________________________
    Shadow puppet 4 _____ ______________________________
    Felt head puppet 4 _____ ______________________________
    Junk puppet 3 _____ ______________________________
    Final Notebook 10 _____
    Participation 5 _____
    TOTAL 100 _____

    GRADING SCALE: 91-100: A, 81-90: B, 71-80: C, 61-70: D, 61-00: E


    Dec. 27 Introduction to 312/512, Building Community
    Block 1 (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.): What is a puppet? Puppetry in education and performance -
    Block 2 (10:15 a.m.-12:00 a.m.): Puppetelling, Puppetizing, Puppeteaching -

    Dec. 28 Hands-in, Hands-on
    Block 1: Puppetalking, Puppet Stages -
    Block 2: Puppet making with children and teachers, Types of puppets (samples) -

    Dec. 29 Text and Tact
    Block 1: Sources for puppet shows and presentations, Assessment -
    Block 2: Puppets in the classroom: daily routines, holidays, and language arts -

    Jan. 2 Poof, You’re a Puppeteer!
    Block 1: Building a character, Manipulation PUPPET
    Block 2: Putting on a puppet show: what, how, when, where? Puppet storage/supplies -

    Jan. 3 Strings-n-Things
    Block 1: String puppet construction session, Power discussion SUPPLIES
    Block 2: Cultural puppetry presentations OUTLINE

    Jan. 4 Socks and Ad-hocks
    Block 1: Sock puppet construction session, Improvisation discussion SUPPLIES
    Block 2: Cultural puppetry presentations OUTLINE

    Jan. 5 Corners
    Block 1: Box mouth puppet construction session, Remembering puppets discussion SUPPLIES
    Block 2: Puppets and students with special needs, Puppets and discipline, Clean-up -

    Jan. 8 Crossing the Curriculum
    Block 1: Cross-curricular puppetry, Recycled puppets, Scripting puppet shows RECYCLES BAG
    Block 2: Lesson plan presentations LESSON & PUPPET

    Jan. 9 Feeling Felt
    Block 1: Felt head puppet construction session, Puppets and feelings discussion SUPPLIES
    Block 2: Lesson plan presentations LESSON & PUPPET

    Jan. 10 Larger Than Life
    Block 1: Giant puppets, Teamwork in school, home, and workplace discussion -
    Block 2: Lesson plan presentations LESSON & PUPPET

    Jan. 11 Thinking Outside the Box
    Block 1: Alternative forms of puppetry, Puppet Q&A and fix-it day -
    Block 2: Lesson plan presentations LESSON & PUPPET

    Jan. 12 Portraits of Progress
    Block 1: Puppet parade/Photo session, Clean-up ALL PUPPETS
    Block 2: Final exam HISTORY PAPER AND NOTEBOOK


    Required Text: Cheryl Henson The Muppets Make Puppets

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