This reader's theater was written for a group of 5 students but can be expanded to 7. It is based on the Inuit's legend of the Crow and how it brought daylight to them. In the script, When the Earth was young there was no daylight in the north and the Inuit people lived always in darkness. One day Old Crow begins to tell them of the daylight he has seen in his long travels and the people beg him to go and bring them some. At first he refuses because he is old now and doesn’t think he can make it. The people continue to beg until he agrees to try. Crow makes it and tricks a boy and his grandpa into getting a ball of daylight outside. Then Crow takes it and flies back north. To this day, the Inuit people take care never to hurt Crows because of this gift of daylight.
I use reader's theater as a way to encourage my reluctant readers to raise their fluency. It motivates everyone! My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone.
If you like this script, take a look at some of my other scripts based on Native American legends. I even have a whole book of them called Coyote Tales. This is a great way to introduce cultural stories of the Native Americans and to tie in Social Studies with Reading. As I have said before, small groups are better because students aren't waiting as long to do their part and they get more practice in. Please let me know what you think of this one. Most of my scripts are black and white to make it easier to photocopy. Thank you.
How Crow Brought the Daylight – Small Group Reader’s Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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