This Reader's Theater is for four students. This is the ballad of Casey at the Bat and was written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer in 1888. I have not changed the words. I spaced it for the students and broke it into parts. The words that rhyme are in bold to help the students know which words to emphasize.
The reason I chose this ballad for reader's theater is that it sounds wonderful when read aloud. Students will need practice getting in the sing song voice of it while also using emotion. Due to the nature of this, there aren't as many pages as other scripts. Since there wasn't much work involved in this I am selling it for $1. Third graders will need some help with it. I recommend underlining the words they need help with.
For those who are not familiar with the story, it begins with the Mudville Nine who are playing a game. It is the final half-inning and Mudville is losing four to two. The first two batters strike out quickly but the next two batters make it safely to a base. Now a home run will get Mudville 3 points to win the game! It looks like this will actually happen because the next batter is Mighty Casey. He is their star hitter and the crowd goes wild! Casey gets two practically perfect pitches but he passes them up to show off. The crowd goes into a frenzy because one more strike will mean Casey is out and the game is over. Mudville will lose. But then Casey gets a look on his face. He is serious about this next ball and is determined to hit it. The ball is thrown, Casey swings as hard as he can, and everyone holds their breath. Somewhere everyone is happy, birds are singing, the sun is shining, but not in Mudville … Casey has STRUCK OUT!
The writing prompt after the script asks students to identify the moral or lesson in the story. 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 to make it cheaper and easier to photocopy. 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 in and less off task behaviors take place.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but I my store name is Wonbyone and I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
Casey at the Bat - Small Group Rhyming Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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