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Chapter 16 - I call this chapter:     What cartoon Character are You?

Teachers have a unique opportunity to promote imagination in the classroom. Imagine at the halfway point of the school year, say the month of December, students are allowed to replace their identity with a cartoon character. Cartoon characters are as endearing to adults as children. Many times we can relate to them. Most of the time we just love to laugh at their antics and misfortune.

Step 1 (Guided Practice) Prompt students to think about what kind of person would have a piece like that. What would they look like? What would they do with it? Do they walk quickly, slowly? What kind of posture do they have etc. After a moment, prompt students to strike a pose that represents their character. Then allow them to try to move like the character they’ve envisioned. Continue to ask questions as students are exploring and moving about the stage. What is your occupation? How many people are in your family? Where are you from? Where are you going? After a moment allow them to greet their neighbor with their character’s voice.

Step 2 (Discussion): Instruct students to put the props back in the prop box. Ask them questions like: Did the object you have make you feel like moving differently? What kind of character were you? How did you know what characters your classmates created? What kinds of characters did you see? As they tell us, write the different characters they came up with on the board. Compliment students on their ability to create an entire character from the inspiration of one prop!

Step 3 (Individual Practice): Tell students that they will all now each be creating a character. Each student needs to pick someone famous, someone they have seen, cartoon characters, a super hero character they wanted to be when they were a child (or that they want to be now). Each student needs to sit in their desk like the character.

Teachers should participate in this activity along with the students, this gives the students the feeling of community!

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