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Performing Arts, English Language Arts
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Education Standards

Analyze and evaluate connections between theatre and society

Analyze and evaluate connections between theatre and society


This resource was created by Ted. Peck, in collaboration with Dawn DeTurk, Hannah Blomstedt, and Julie Albrecht, as part of ESU2's Integrating the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education, practice, and coaching.

Arts Integration Lesson Plan


Lesson Title:  Puppets according to The Outsiders
Content Area: English 9Fine Arts Area: Theater
Grade Level:   9th gradeTeacher:  Ted Peck and Michelle Barcelona


Standards and Alignment
Content Area Standard:LA.10.RI.2  Analyze how the interaction of individuals,  important events,  and key ideas contribute to the meaning of the work as a whole.   LA.10.V.1  Integrate grade-level academic vocabulary appropriate for a variety of tasks and purposes.Fine Arts Standard:FA 12.5.4  Students will analyze and evaluate connections between theatre and society.
Key Vocabulary:Script, Character, setting, moodCharacter, external conflict, analysis, climax, settingMaterials List:Scripts or readers’ theater excepts, various puppets or items to make puppets, puppet stage, character/script analysis form, Quizziz example vocab.


Lesson Delivery
Fine Arts Learning Objectives: Students will perform excerpts from The Outsiders utilizing puppets that they select based on their perception of character attitude.Core Subject Learning Objectives: Students will be able to make inferences about the characters and character traits in the book, The Outsiders.Students should be familiar with the content they are being asked to perform.  In this case, the students have been reading The Outsiders and are far enough in the book to be familiar with multiple interactions between characters.  This lesson may take several sessions to complete.  Due to the structure of the class, students take a quizziz including vocabulary words daily.  Vocabulary should be part of direct instruction and reviewed daily throughout the unit.Students should be broken into small groups.  The groups will be given a selection of the script/readers’ theater section to analyze.  As a group, the students will complete a script analysis.  One can be found here.Once the students have completed the script analysis, they will discuss the characteristics of the person and what they think it would look like as an animal.  If this character was an animal, which animal would it be and why?Students will need to be introduced to the available puppets, and taught how to use them.  Students should be given the information that the mouth of the puppet moves once per syllable, rather than once per word or once every time your real mouth would move.  Explain how it would look chaotic if you tried to mimic actual mouth movements.  It would also look less real if the mouth only opened once per word.Allow students a short time to practice with the puppets.  They will need to get the feel for the puppets and how they move.Have students come to the front with their puppets to perform the script.Once the performances have been completed hold a large group discussion about how the students felt during the activities.


Assessment and Reflection
Content Assessment:QuizScript analysisArts Assessment:vocabPerformance
Student Reflection:Teacher Reflection:



Visuals and Handouts
Lesson Video: Script in this ITA Lesson Folder