King Thrushbeard is a great fairy tale recorded by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Here you will receive the fairy tale itself on a Word document, but also a script version that has been carefully rendered and adapted for 8-14 readers, depending on how many narrators you need. Four narrators are included -- to add more readers, two students can share each of the narrator's parts. Whenever description could be shifted into dialogue, this was done -- while preserving the style of the original fairy tale. The script can be photocopied onto two or three double-sided sheets. Two versions are provided, one for a puppet theater rendition with scene backdrops suggested, the other for classroom readings.
This story goes along very well with the theme of character development, with students writing scripts using this theme, or as a complement to a study of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." King Thrushbeard's theme is rather the reverse of Cinderella -- here a proud princess is humbled, rather than a humble girl transforming into a princess. A vocabulary list and study guide accompanies the script, and an answer key is provided. Reading scripts helps students "theatricalize" what they read in ways that are visual, auditory and kinesthetic, allowing them to process the story and write about it more thoughtfully.