This Reader's Theater is for 4 - 7 students. I have each narrator also take a smaller part. This is the West African version of Cinderella. In the script, Chinye lives with her father, stepmother, and stepsister. The stepmother and stepsister hate her and make her do all the hard chores. The stepmother decides she wants to kill Chinye so she sends her to get water in the jungle at night. The animals do not kill her though and one, a warthog, leads her to a tiny hut. An old woman lives there and, after Chinye sweeps her floor, she gives her some small gourds as a gift. When Chinye gets home and cracks them open out pour many jewels so Chinye’s stepmother has her tell her where to get more. The stepmother sends the stepsister into the jungle. When she is told by the old woman to pick some small gourds she grabs four of the biggest and runs home. The stepmother and stepsister crack them open and out pour scorpions, wasps, and spiders. They bite and sting the stepmother and stepsister all over but leave Chinye alone. The whole family runs outside and away chased by the insects and is never seen again. Chinye uses the jewels she got to help her village. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to.
You can also have your students compare and contrast the standard version with this one using a Venn Diagram. My on level 3rd grade group did fine with this script but needed a little extra practice. 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 photo copy easily. 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 my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more Cinderella tales as well as other fairy tales and twisted tales at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
Chinye - A West African Cinderella Story
by Melanie Whitesides
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