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Keywords: Music Composition, Story Writing, Opera, Puppets, Children's Storybooks
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Reading, Music, History, Drama, Writing, Technology, Video
Grades 3 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Leman Academy of Excellence, Marana, Tucson, AZ
Planned By: Cathy Letkeman
Original Author: Cathy Letkeman, Tucson
Create a score for a puppet opera based on a children’s story book
-following a study of opera as an art form, and perhaps experiencing an opera performance, have scholars incorporate elements of opera into a student-created puppet show (chorus, arias, duets, costumed puppets, sets, etc);
-take a children's storybook, and adapt it into an opera story line
-write songs/script based on the storybook plot; melodies can be well known melodies, with original lyrics
-create puppets using materials of the students' choice (paper bags, Popsicle sticks, socks, etc.)
-create sets/puppet stage
-create & perform for younger audience

Classical application (music appreciation/history connections) ; if a composer they are studying in the regular classroom made contributions to opera, it could be an extension of that as well as learning by-doing in understanding what it takes to create an opera.
Follow-Up
Share puppet opera with a younger audience
Materials: Video Tools, Headsets, Microphones, Digital Voice Recorders, Music, Early Composition, Sound Libraries, Student Resources
Other Items: 3 set of 10 headsets http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=3064AV-10, $98.00 each, total of $294.00
1 36 ipads w/charging cart http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=iPad-CC, $4899.00 each, total of $4899.00