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Just So Stories Part II Readers Theater scripts

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Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling adapted by Sue Russell into Guided Reading Scripts (Readers Theater). Part II Stories 7 – 12
Available from TpT or www.plays-r-ussell.com as two purchases: Part I (stories 1-6) and Part II (stories 7 - 12)
This purchase is Part II Stories 7 – 12
Total number of readers: 36
Approximate reading time for each story: 15 – 20 minutes (with exception of shorter third one – at 5 – 10 minutes)
Please Note: Time given for reading is approximate and does not include quiz – question and answer time, or discussion time.
1. The Beginning of the Armadilloes
2. How the First Letter was Written
3. How the Alphabet was Made
4. The Crab that Played with the Sea
5. That Cat that Walked by Himself
6. The Butterfly that Stamped
1. The Beginning of the Armadilloes
Cast of 5:
Narrator
Hedgehog (Stickly-Prickly)
Tortoise (Slow-Solid)
Jaguar (Painted Jaguar)
Mother Jaguar
Reading Time: Around 15 minutes
2. How the First Letter was Written
Cast of 5:
Neolithic Man – Tegumai Bopsulai (Teg)
Wife – Teshumai Tewindrow (Tesh)
Daughter – Taffimai Metallumai (Taffy)
Stranger-man – from the Tewara Tribe (Tew)
Head Chief
Reading time: 15 minutes
3. How the Alphabet was Made
Cast of 5:
Head Chief
Neolithic Man – Tegumai Bopsulai (Teg)
Wife – Teshumai Tewindrow (Tesh)
Daughter – Taffimai Metallumai (Taffy)
Stranger-man – from the Tewara Tribe (Tew)
Reading Time: Around 5 - 10 minutes
4. The Crab That Played with the Sea
Cast of 8:
Eldest Magician
Elephant
Beaver
Cow
Turtle
Man
Daughter
Crab (Pau Amma)
Reading Time: Around 20 minutes
5. The Cat that Walked by Himself
Cast of 7:
Cat
Dog
Horse
Cow
Bat
Man
Woman
Reading Time: Around 20 minutes
That of course takes you up to 30 – so, for class of 30, this next story will be an extra group.
6. The Butterfly that Stamped
Cast of 6:
Narrator
Solomon (The Most Wise Sovereign Suleiman-bin-Daoud, Son of David)
Balkis (The Most Beautiful, Head Queen)
Wife (one of nine hundred and ninety nine)
Mr Butterfly
Mrs Butterfly
Reading Time: Around 20 minutes
Sample Text:
Balkis: Indeed. But I had to know if this little Mrs Butterfly really did believe the yarn her husband had spun her.
Narrator: And her reply when you asked her?
Balkis: I think it went something along the lines of ‘You know what men-folk are like’!
Mr. Butterfly: (Grunting) Hm. I’m not sure I altogether like the way this conversation is going!
Solomon: Oh, they’re just telling it as it was! No harm in that. You’ll just have to sit back and listen for a bit!
Wife: (Sarcastically, to Mrs Butterfly) So, what other little gems of wisdom did you come up with?
Mrs Butterfly: Oh, just that it’s usually easier just to humour your man – just go along with what he’s saying, rather than making a fuss!
Wife: What? And accept all that nonsense? Oh, there’s no way I’d ever do that!
Solomon: And don’t I know it!
Balkis: You wives – all nine hundred and ninety nine of you – didn’t half make Solomon’s life difficult! Never a thought for anyone but yourselves!
Mr. Butterfly: (Muttering) Sounds familiar!
Narrator: But come on! What happened next?
Balkis: Well, I suppose I was guilty of a bit of stirring here.
Mr. Butterfly: (Sarcastically) Oh really? My! That doesn’t sound at all like the female species!
Balkis: OK. So we all like to have a little fun at times! And I did have an overall goal in mind.
Solomon: So wise, my love!
Wife: (Snorting) Nothing like a bit of favouritism!
Narrator: Er, as an impartial observer, I do think the lovely Balkis had earned it! Now, what did you say to Mrs Butterfly?
Balkis: I told her that next time her husband made an idle threat or came up with some far-fetched story, she should challenge it. Say that she needed proof – that she wanted to actually see it happening.
Mr. Butterfly: (Gasping) Setting my wife against me? Well, really!
Mrs Butterfly: No, not really. I’d prefer to describe it as calling your bluff.
Solomon: Oh it was priceless. Watching Mr Butterfly squirming under his wife’s command – ‘Stamp! Stamp! Stamp!’
Balkis: And how wonderful for me to see my husband so enjoying this little drama, played out in front of him.
Solomon: Oh I forgot every worry I had in the world!
Wife: Even me?
Solomon: Even you!
Balkis: And all the other nine hundred and ninety eight! It was so good to see you laughing
Production Notes for Suggestions on How to Use the Scripts

These 6 scripts can be used either:
1. As guided reading scripts at tables – class divided into groups led by teacher. This ‘group reading’ can take place once a day for a week (plus extra group the following week) or however works best.
Or
2. The scripts can be read out, in groups, to the rest of the class – and then the quizzes used to test the audience.

Also available off www.plays-r-ussell.com

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Part I Stories 1 – 6.
Total number of readers: 30. Approx reading time for each story: 10 minutes.
Please Note: Time given for reading is approximate (first and fifth scripts are a little shorter); and does not include quiz – question and answer time, or discussion time.

I How the Whale got his Throat

II How the Camel got his Hump

III How the Rhinoceros got his Skin

IV How the Leopard got his Spots

V The Elephant’s Child

VI The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo

Future plays based on these stories are ‘in the pipeline’. Contact sue@plays-r-ussell.com for details

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