This activity is an in-depth, 5-act, 25-role reader's theater script for Columbus Day! The script is research-based and historically accurate, focusing on the life of Christopher Columbus and his complicated legacy. This script is great for classes studying American history or as an activity for Language Arts class. Reader's Theater is an engaging instructional strategy for students that allows them to act out various historical scenes. This product also helps build fluency and reading comprehension skills.
The acts are as follows:
Act I: Finding a Trade Route to Asia
Act II: The New World
Act III: A Second Voyage
Act IV: Becoming a Prisoner
Act V: Historical Legacy
Each act includes discussion questions. There is a quiz for students at the conclusion of the play, as well as an extension activity in which students will create their own script through research for Indigenous Peoples Day!
Answer key is provided for the quiz.
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