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Historical reenactments with fingertip control

To be or not to be, that is the question.
Friends, Romans, countrymen: lend me your ears.

Go on.

You know you want to.

Who can resist the impulse to strike a pose and recite these and other famous lines?

A friend sent me a link highlighting the MasterPuppet Theatre web site and resources. Basically for around $15, you can get everything you need to recreate your own Shakespearean production.

The catch?

Your production will be really tiny. You use fingers puppets and small paper sets to “stage” your plays. Your $15 gets you a 96 page “folio” of scenes, dialogue, backdrops and 60 character cards.

But I started thinking. Maybe social studies teachers could use the very cool finger puppets, sets and props to re-enact actual historical events.

Why not use the cards (and ones your kids create) and sets (and those your kids create) as a way to encourage research and to promote writing skills? What about the Continental Congress of 1776? The Lewis and Clark expedition? Treaty of Versailles? Civil Rights Movement?

Looks fun!

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