This holiday play "An American Christmas" is an original play written for use as readers’ theater, as a part of balanced literacy (Read-Aloud, Shared and Performance Reading or Guided Reading), or for an actual play production. In readers’ theater or through one of the balanced literacy approaches to teaching reading, children are not expected to memorize their lines, yet the reading encourages strong oral skills. An added benefit is performing the play for other classes or parents while increasing social skills, cooperative learning and creativity. Using plays in literacy-based classrooms promotes active listening for the performers, as well as the audience, and offers an engaging way to teach reading skills.
Although the play is written for students in grades 2-4, it can be adapted for other grades and abilities. Additional students can share parts for choral reading or help with directing, props/costumes/scenery/sound effects, prompting, programs and invitations, Master of Ceremonies, or house staff (selling tickets, ushering, etc.).
Written with 10 parts featuring the Johnson family, this play highlights the American traditional celebration of Christmas Eve during the Christmas season.
Complete with a teaching guide that lists questions before and after performing the play, words to preview, tips to help with the performance and extension activities, your students will have fun, build self-confidence and increase in reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development.
As a teacher, I always enjoyed doing drama activities with my classes. That was the beginning of my writing plays - to use with my students. I have written over 30 original plays. Now I would like to share them with other teachers. Look for other plays to be added soon.