In this series of videos, I work with a classroom teacher to develop art projects that support creative writing work she is doing with her students. Students begin by doing a series of activities in their regular classroom, then transition to the art room to design and perform puppet shows.
Part One: What is a Tableau?
Students begin by sharing their definitions of “tableau” and why and how they help to reinforce learning.
Part Two: Designing and Performing Tableaus
In part two, students, working in groups, take phrases from a book, then develop ideas for representing the phrases in tableaus.
Part Three: Group Poem
In part three, students take their phrases and use them to author a group poem that is laid out on the floor.
Part Four: Shadow Puppets
In part four, students move to the art room to produce shadow puppet shows that illustrate parts of the poem they created in an earlier activity.