This Reader's Theater is for 4 - 7 students. Some parts are small so I usually use 4 students and have them double up. It is a Navajo tell about Coyote. In the script, Coyote has grown old and Buzzard is waiting for him to die so he can eat him. Coyote goes to Buffalo to ask him to share his youth and power. Buffalo doesn’t like Coyote but feels sorry for him so he gives him some youth. He won’t give Coyote power though. Coyote is turned into a buffalo with a coyote tail. He is warned he has no power but Coyote doesn’t listen and tries to make other old creatures young. When he does, it costs him his youth. Coyote never learns.
There is a short writing prompt at the end. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. Most of my scripts are in black and white 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.
If you like this script look for others on Native American legends at my store. I even sell them together in a book to save money! My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
Coyote, Buzzard, and the Young Buffalo - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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