This brief (2 pages long) script on four Founding Fathers from Virginia (George Washington, James Madison, George Mason, and Thomas Jefferson) has 7 solo speakers and many parts for ALL so that teachers can use it with a whole class. (Note: You may add or subtract solo speakers to customize the script for the size of your group.) Using a TV show—“Celebrities Select”—context, this script provides a brief overview of information about these Virginians and their contributions to forming the basis for the new constitutional government of the United States. (Special note to 4th grade Virginia Studies teachers; This script was developed directly from the information in your prescribed Course of Studies.)
Reading and rehearsing the script familiarizes students with some basic facts while also increasing reading fluency and engaging students in a dramatic approach to learning facts. The script is two pages long with the text appearing in a 2-column format. A fluent and expressive read-through/performance takes about 7 minutes.
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.