This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 students but could be stretched to 6. It is based on a tale about Brer Rabbit. Brer Rabbit tales are a great way to teach students about a piece of African American history! After performing the script the writing assignment is to decide if Brer Rabbit is a good guyl. In the script, Brer Fox plants a peanut patch and the plants grow tall and strong. Brer Rabbit and his family begin to sneak into the patch and steal Brer Fox’s peanuts when he isn’t there. Brer Fox gets angry when he discovers someone is stealing his peanuts and smakes a trap to catch them. Brer Rabbit gets caught in the trap but, when Brer Bear comes along, he is able to trick Brer Bear into setting him free and taking his place. Brer Rabbit gets Brer Fox out to see that Brer Bear has been caught. Brer Fox thinks Brer Bear is to blame and starts to yell at him while Brer Rabbit runs off and hides. Brer Bear tries to catch up with Brer Rabbit but is tricked one more time and Brer Rabbit escapes. The biggest challenge in this script is students having to use Southern phrases. They will need a little help with them.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. My scripts are in black and white with only the occasional color picture on front so they are cheaper and easier to photo copy. The problem with many other reader's theaters is that students spend a lot of time waiting for their part. When you have a small group they get more practice and you get less off task behaviors.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. If you like this script look for other Brer Rabbit tales. Let me know how things go!
Brer Rabbit Earns a Dollar-A- Minute! - Small Group Reader's Theater by Joe Chandler Harris
by Melanie Whitesides
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