No strings attached

June 5, 2018 | Students used handmade puppets this morning to reenact historical conversations that led to the first atomic bomb.
It might have looked like a pillow fort in the making, but the pile of desks in Mrs. Carey’s English classroom during first period was a stage for student puppeteers. The group recently finished reading Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb, which recounts the origin of the first atomic weapon. To build off the historical literature, Mrs. Carey paired up students and assigned them two historical figures who played a role in the development of the bomb. The students then had to use their historical knowledge and creativity to write and present a conversation between these two figures that could have changed the outcome of the creation of the atomic bomb.
Mrs. Carrey said it was Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theater that inspired her to incorporate creative storytelling through puppetry in her classroom. Today’s presentation was a trial run and she hopes to build on the idea in years to come.

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.