This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is a twisted version of the Jack and the Benstalk. In the script,Jack and his mother are very poor. One day Jack goes to sell the cow for some money to buy food. Bugs have eaten all of the food in their garden. On the way, he meets a man who trades him a sack of beans and some extermination equipment for his cow. Jack takes the equipment and kills all the bugs at their house. Then Jack kills the farmer’s bugs and trades his service for some hens. Jack’s mom sends him to the music teacher’s house to kill her bugs and trades that for a harp. By the time he has finished he is known as Jack the Bug Killer and he and his mother now have a way to make money and take care of themselves. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to and try their own twisted tale.
You can also have your students compare and contrast the original with this one using a Venn Diagram. 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 in black and white with only the occasional color picture on front so they photo copy easily. 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 in and less off task behaviors take place.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more fairy tales and twisted tales at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
The Emperor's New Nose
by Melanie Whitesides
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