For a group of elementary students at Montessori Peaks Academy, puppets play a special role in the storytelling process.
As part of a unit, the first-, second- and third-grade students create puppets based on the protagonist and antagonist in stories they have written. Ultimately, the youngsters use their sock-puppet creations to learn more about dialogue and character development.
“It helps them learn dialogue. It helps them learn the tag versus the speech,” said teacher Jacquie Cartwright.