This Reader's Theater was written for a small group of 3 students. It is used a lot around President's Day but could be used anytime. This ties in Social Studies with Language Arts! It is about Abraham Lincoln's nickname, 'Honest Abe.' In the script, Margret is a little mixed up about why Abraham Lincoln was called ‘Honest Abe’. She got a bad grade on her test because of it. Harry and Michael try to help her out by telling her a few of the true stories of times when Abraham Lincoln was honest. Those times come from when he was a store clerk and a lawyer. Each of those times were difficult to be honest and yet Abraham Lincoln did the right thing anyway. He is known to have prized honesty more than money or personal gain. By the end, Margret understands President Lincoln a little bit better and is grateful.
There is a short writing assignment afterwords. I have used it for my 3rd grade but it must be done with a higher group. I write small group reader's theaters so they will work better in centers and to avoid having long wait times between student's lines. Wait time is not reading time and often turns into off task behavior time. Small group reader's theater helps to get students reading more and encourages even reluctant readers to practice fluency.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more like it at my store. Most of my scripts are black and white so that they can be photo copied easier and take less ink. Please let me know what you think.
Abraham Lincoln - A Truly HONEST Man!
by Melanie Whitesides
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