Writing & Pedagogy, Vol 6, No 1 (2014)

Extreme Puppet Theater as a Tool for Writing Pedagogy at K-University Levels

Mark Spitzer
Issued Date: 10 Jun 2014


The pedagogical technique of “extreme puppet theater” is posited as a collaborative and novel learning tool for motivating students to study texts by creating new ones. Examples are provided of how this approach has worked in university courses in literature, composition, and creative writing. By extension, extreme puppet theater can be applied to other subjects, at all levels of academia, in order to offer an effective and engaging alternative to traditional teaching conventions.

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