20% off! This bundle contains four multicultural plays (Japanese, Italian, Jewish and Indian folk tales) and comprehensive units which are most suited for upper elementary and middle grade students. Students in a drama class, social studies or language arts class benefit from them the most because of the sophistication of the story and dramatizations.
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Oji San and the Grateful Statues is a story of kindness, compassion and generosity set the day before the new year. Oji-san and his wife are rice hat makers. When Oji san doesn't make a sale of rice hats, he meets four stone statues who sit in the deep and falling snow. Seeing their need for protection from the cold, he places a rice hat on each statues' head. He returns home to his wife who questions him about his sale. In the night, a magic thing occurs when the grateful statues carry an enormous rice cake to Oji-san's house just in time for the new year's celebration. Music is included as well as an opportunities for a large cast.
Note: There is a creative dramatics version of this play. The teacher serves as the narrator. Check it out at: Oji San and the Grateful Statues, Creative Dramatics Version
It Could Always be Worse is a funny story about being grateful for what you have and how your perspective can easily change with a little encouragement. A man's family is living in very cramped quarters. He visits the village rabbi and complains to him. The rabbit wisely tells the man his remedy for the problem--bring in a farm animal to his house. His response to the man's misery is, "God will protect you." This scenario occurs many times as the man becomes more and more desperate. Now, the house is completely in chaos with animals and family living on top of one another! Then the tables turn--the rabbi instructs the man to take all of the animals out of the house. What happens next? This play involves improvisation and a guided script to help the teacher with the comedic moments.
Abdullah's Gold is a comical tale about a miser who lives amongst his neighbors. He is grumpy, stingy and pretends to be poor because he thinks it will keep people from stealing it from him. The children in his village call him "Kanjoos! Kanjoos!" (which means miser.) To protect his gold, he hides it near an old well. Every night, Abdullah checks on his gold, until one day when Abdullah goes to check on his gold, it is gone. What happened to his gold?
Saturday, Sunday and Monday tells the comedic fable of two hunchback brothers--one adventurous and the other, lazy. When the adventurous hunchback leaves to seek his fortune, he is met by little old ladies who are singing a song about the days of the week. The adventurous hunchback becomes so enthused by the old ladies song, he chimes in and surprisingly helps the ladies. They reward him by granting his greatest wish--to take the hump on his back away. The adventurous brother returns home to his brother and friends. The lazy brother only hears part of the story, and he too, ventures into the forest hoping to have the little old ladies take away his hump. But not only is the humpback brother lazy but a poor listener and he doesn't hear the entire story of his adventurous brother. He learns a very valuable lesson. This script includes roles for many students as well as a song for the little old ladies. Plus, there is an Italian version of the song!
Created by an award winning drama teacher of 38 years.
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"How interesting, informative, and creative. Thank you for creating this project. It will definitely be helpful."
"I love the challenges included in this resource and what it does to storytelling. I can't wait to try them with my students! Thank you!"
An absolutely comprehensive package that is easy to implement- what a time saver! A creative way of encouraging students to learn about stage properties, view video examples, take notes, and simply be creative! Looking forward to using this!
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