Comical Readers Theater Script | It Could Always Be Worse Jewish Folk Tale

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This comical reader's theater script is complete with roles for 20 + students. Reading literature standards are met while engaging your students with a high-interest reader's theater script and unit. Students LOVE the chance to perform as they practice fluency, comprehension, use context clues, and writing. This piece could be a one or three-day study depending upon how much effort a teacher wants to expend.

How Do I Use This Unit in My classroom?
Students in an upper elementary gifted or middle school students can study humor, the Jewish culture, Social Studies, Language Arts or Drama class.

Based on the beloved folk tale by the same name, students will:

  • study humor
  • focus on their reading, especially in a play format
  • strengthen their skills in vocal variety and inflection
  • perform for peers in a non-threatening manner

This product comes with:

  • A warm up
  • advice in directing reader's theater
  • blocking plot for teacher's staging needs
  • information about the Yiddish language
  • eleven page script with roles for 20+ students

Comprehensive? You bet. Created and field tested by an award winning drama teacher of 38 years.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.


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