Life Skills Guided Reading Scripts (Readers Theater) and Stories
I. How the Butterfly Lost his Bad Temper
II. How the Butterfly Lost her Dissatisfaction
III. How the Butterfly Lost his Vanity
IV. How the Butterfly Learned to Fly
V. How the Butterfly Learned to Fly Higher
Based on Life Lessons:
1. Appreciate what you have
2. Stop ‘wanting’/looking for more
3. Recognising that external beauty is not everything
4. Just do it!
5. The importance of striving/realising your potential
Each story is followed by the guided reading script, then the discussion/question and answer session.
The stories and guided reading scripts are 5 – 10 minutes in length. Total reading time: around an hour
The 5 guided reading scripts have 2 speakers each – total of 10 altogether.
Sample Text - Guided Reading Script
Butterfly: Me too! To think what I used to be like! Thank goodness I met you!
Snail: And it was the best day of my life when I met you!
Butterfly: And to think how rude I was to you? I still can’t believe you didn’t just walk – sorry, slide – off!
Snail: And miss out on the best friendship of my life? Oh, I don’t think so!
Butterfly: But you couldn’t have known that at the time?
Snail: Well, no. But then some things, indeed most things, take time. And that’s a good thing!
Butterfly: Yes, my flitting certainly allowed no time for appreciating what I had – or what I might have, if I only stopped still long enough to see it!
Sample Text - Story
At which point that bad-tempered butterfly paused, quite suddenly; and didn’t move an inch – something unheard of for him.
And then, just as suddenly, that bad-tempered butterfly let out a great cry of joy, followed by these words.
‘Wow! My life is indeed amazing! I can fly! I have sunshine in my wings! I ..’
But at that point the bad-tempered butterfly’s expression changed from total delight to …. Well, something closely akin to sadness.
‘Forgive me. I can’t help but look at you and think – you have, well, nothing’.