This is a small group reader's theater for 4 students. It is a short version of the story of how Hades kidnapped Persephone and tricked her into becoming his wife. In the script, Hades is in court accused of kidnapping Persephone and forcing her to live with him in the underworld. Demeter, Zeus, and Persephone are also there. Zeus is serving as the judge even though he is Persephone’s dad. They discuss what Hades did – including the way he tricked Persephone into eating something that ties her forever to the underworld - and everyone has to come up with a compromise that will work. The compromise they agree to is, since Persephone ate 4 seeds - she will spend 4 months of every year in the underworld but Persephone will also get 8 months with her mother up in the regular world. The others are not happy about it but Persephone likes it so they agree. The writing prompt at the end asks students whether they agree with the verdict and if there was a better way.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. My scripts are written in black and white with only the occasional color picture on the front so that they are easier and cheaper to photocopy. 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 and you get less off task behaviors.
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. If you like this script look for other Greek tales. I have a lot of ones by Aesop! Let me know how things go!
Hades Goes to Court for Kidnapping - Small Group Greek Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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