Dollplay That Informs Literacy and The Arts

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The following strategies, written by Cathy Grimm, are published here to help teachers develop their own objectives and scenarios for formal puppet play activities in the classroom. Levels are achieved at different rates due to the environment, information, and experiences. Sometimes the levels are affected by age, interest and adaptability.

Strategy for Dummies: Level 1

  1. Read labels on toys
  2. Group things into categories
  3. Interpreting a social response related to a scenario or event
  4. Compose a story about a picture
  5. Looking at a series of pictures and seeing how something is made
  6. Remember a story you’ve heard many times and put the events in order
  7. Recite short rhymes
  8. Recognize patterns, colors and shapes
  9. rhythm imitation
  10. Playing and manipulating hands
  11. Listen to directions and follow through

Strategy for Dummies: Level 2

  1. Recall the history behind things
  2. Mention the history behind people
  3. The reasoning behind which design elements belong to a theme
  4. Write a story about one photo/image
  5. Read a series of instructions to do something
  6. Combine elements that come together to make a historical costume
  7. Putting patterns together
  8. Combine body elements to create an extraordinary abstract figure
  9. Playing and manipulating tools
  10. Repeating patterns, mixing colors, and making traditional shapes
  11. Read directions and follow

Strategy for Dummies: Level 3

  1. Dramatic Screenplays – Telling a story by writing a screenplay
  2. Photography Scenarios – Tell a story using the photos you take
  3. Combine pieces of clothing to create a new combination
  4. Make your own version of a craft without directions
  5. Pick a person in history and make something historically accurate that they might use.
  6. Identify the “archetypes” in a play or story and provide an argument in support of your opinion
  7. Design your own patterns.
  8. Random selection of people, places, and objects to create a predetermined doll
  9. Make the tools you manipulate
  10. Create intricate patterns, mix tertiary colors, design abstract shapes
  11. Make directions for others to follow

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