- Make a huge cut out of a window using poster board or cardboard. Attach a broom pole to the top to make it easy to hold (like a banner in a parade).
- Have the students make a list of the characters in the story. Let them choose, or assign them to, a character they would like to role-play.
- In pairs, students write sentences about their characters . The sentences are compiled into a list for the narrator to say. Students also write a line of dialog for their character to say. It could include introducing him or herself (Buenos días, you soy la señora y me gustan los pájaros.) They could also interact with their animal puppets.
- Students then practice and perform the play. The rest of the class plays the part of the sick child in bed as they watch the play.
- Invite other classes to see the play.
Is the narrator reading clearly with good pronunciation and intonation? Are the puppeteers listening for their entrance and playing their parts appropriately? Have they created lines to say?
Create an evaluation sheet for the audience to complete as they watch the play. Include questions about how well they understand the narrator, the skill of the puppeteers, and the overall quality of the show.
Objectives: TLW list the characters in the story, write sentences about a character and dialogue for themselves, and present a short play about the story ¡Mira!.
Materials: large cut-out window frame, the narrator’s script, animal puppets: clothing and props (clothesline, saxophone, drum, juggling balls)
Language in Use: enfermo, mira, el doctor, en cama, la ventana, un avión, el gato, la escuela, la ropa, el circo, la calle, el mono, el tambor, el payaso, mis amigos, play narrative
Communication 1.1: Students provide and obtain information as they get ready to act out the story.
Communication 1.2: Students understand and interpret the play narrative.
Communication 1.3: Student narrators present the play text to an audience.
Connections 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of the performance arts when they act out the story.