Using puppets as a springboard to writing

Sometimes teachers forget that you can use puppets with secondary students, one way that you can exploit this is to encourage them to write plays. Very often when high-school (secondary school) students write plays, the thing they think about his how they will look and sound on stage or at the front of the class. Though when they write for a puppet, it allows them to be far freer and more creative. Puppets can (and should do) things that actors normally can do, not only that ‘hiding’ behind a puppet booth allows the students to take more risks, not only with the plot, but with sound effects, silly voices and exaggerated characters possibly doing things they wouldn’t do if they had to act them act. Not only does it help with writing in a second language, an important skill in itself,  but they also learn how to be creative, collaborative and also develop critical thinking.