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This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is a twisted version of Snow White. In the script, Coal Black has run away after her stepmother nearly ran her over with a car. She has gotten lost in the forest. Three of the Seven Dorks find her. They offer to help her if she pays them. All she has is an apple. They agree to help her and she gives them the apple. Only after they leave does Coal Black think about WHY her stepmother might have given her an apple. There is a writing assignment on the last page for the students to respond to. Please note that Coal Black will call them dorks several times so, if you do not like this, you will need to adjust that.
Third graders can perform this but need to be on grade level. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. 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. You will also notice that my scripts are in black and white except the occasional picture on the front. I do this to help save on ink and photocopying.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more Aesop, fairy, 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!
Coal Black and the Seven Dorks - Small Group Reader's Theater by Melanie Whitesides is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.