This script is on CHARACTERIZATION - a term that encompasses the many techniques to convey information about and bring to life the characters in a work of literature. The characterization examples in this script are drawn from the story “The Bamboo Beads” by Lynn Joseph. You may want to begin with the script as is and then work with students to edit it to substitute examples from literature they have read.
This script involves students in reading and reviewing information about words that express ideas in imaginative ways to make writing more creative. The script incorporates humor and contemporary language and references. It’s part of a collection in my book CURRICULUM-BASED READERS THEATRE SCRIPTS: LANGUAGE ARTS.
This script is written for solo speakers with many parts for ALL so that teachers can use it with a whole class. Reading and rehearsing the script provides an introduction and examples of CHARACTERIZATION. The script also offers a way of increasing reading fluency and engaging students in a dramatic approach to learning facts. Students enjoy creating and performing gestures and sound effects where indicated in the stage directions. And—because it is a script—they do not mind reading and re-reading the information. This Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre script is one of many I have created with students and teachers across the United States.
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