This product contains TWO scripts on the topic of European Explorers to the New World. The first script uses the context of “The Explorers Hall of Fame.” After the introductory lines of dialogue, the script provides very BRIEF reviews of the major explorers (Ericson, Columbus, Prince Henry, Diaz, Balboa, Cortes, Magellan, Verrazano, Raleigh, Coronado, Champlain, Drake, LaSalle, Hudson) in the form of 4-line rhymes. These rhymes can be performed in a rap style or in any creative way that you and your students come up with. This first script is 4 pages long and written so that a whole class can perform in solo, small group, and unison speaking roles.
The second script is one I created with 6th graders whose curriculum held them responsible for understanding WHY explorers set out from Europe to explore new lands. The script uses an explorer recruitment context to communicate the motivating forces for exploration—natural resources, wealth, power, spread of Christianity, etc.—and also to share some of the obstacles explorers faced. This script is close to 2 pages long—2 columns of text per page.
The script is also written for several solo speakers with many parts for ALL so that teachers can use it with a whole class. Reading and rehearsing the scripts familiarizes students with the content information while also increasing reading fluency and engaging students in a dramatic approach to learning facts.
Students enjoy creating and performing gestures and sound effects where indicated in the stage directions. And—because it is a script—they do not mind reading and re-reading the information.
For more details and tips about using these scripts with students, you may want to download the FREE copy of "CURRICULUM-BASED READERS THEATRE: A Guide to the Classroom Use of this Strategy" available in my store.