This Reader's Theater was written for a small group of 5 students.This is the myth of George Washington and the Cherry Tree and how he proved his honesty. George is raised to value honesty more than anything else and he promises to always do that but his father is not convinced. He wants to be sure that George will always be honest. When George turns six he is given a hatchet and one day he uses it to shave all the bark off his dad’s cherry tree. When his father finds out, he is very angry and wants to know who did it. George confesses to his dad even though it might mean a big punishment.
This also makes a great script for the 4th of July, President's Day, Memorial Day, and other federal holidays as well as US history. Since it also discusses honesty, it would make a great introduction to a class discussion on honesty. It is important to teach the vocabulary of this script as students practice.
I write small group reader's theaters so they will work better in centers and to avoid having long wait times between student's lines. Wait time is not reading time and often turns into off task behavior time. Small group reader's theater helps to get students reading more and encourages even reluctant readers to practice fluency.
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. Most of my scripts are black and white so that they can be photo copied easier and take less ink. Please let me know what you think.
George Washington and the Cherry Tree
by Melanie Whitesides
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