Meet the First Ladies Guided Reading Play Scripts

Meet the First Ladies Guided Reading Play Scripts
Meet the First Ladies Guided Reading Play Scripts
Meet the First Ladies Guided Reading Play Scripts
Meet the First Ladies Guided Reading Play Scripts
Meet the First Ladies Guided Reading Play Scripts
Meet the First Ladies Guided Reading Play Scripts
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Join the First Ladies of the Presidents of the United States - for Tea at the White House!

8 guided reading play scripts (6 speakers each) plus quizzes for each. All 39 Ladies have something remarkable to relate about their experience as wife to the president. Share some truly moving accounts of what it takes - to be a First Lady.

Please note: Teaching time of 40 minutes is very approximate, depending on time spent on reading and answering quiz questions.

The 39 First Ladies included below are those presidents' wives who carried out the duties of First Ladies. Those not included are the wives who died before their husbands became president - as in the case of Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Hannah Van Buren and Ellen Herndon Arthur - or those ladies who helped out in the role of hostess, for whatever reason but were not married to the president.

First Ladies 1-5
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington Wife of George Washington
Abigail Smith Adams Wife of John Adams
Dolly Payne Todd Madison Wife of James Madison
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe Wife of James Monroe
Louisa Johnson Adams Wife of John Quincy Adams

First Ladies 6 - 10
Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison Wife of William Henry Harrison
Letitia Christian Tyler Wife of John Tyler
Julia Gardiner Tyler Wife of John Tyler
Sarah Childress Polk Wife of James K. Polk
Margaret Smith Taylor Wife of Zachary Taylor

First Ladies 11-15
Abigail Powers Fillmore Wife of Millard Fillmore
Jane Appleton Pierce Wife of Franklin Pierce
Mary Todd Lincoln Wife of Abraham Lincoln
Eliza McCardle Johnson Wife of Andrew Johnson
Julia Dent Grant Wife of Ulysses S. Grant

First Ladies 16-20
Lucy Webb Hayes Wife of Rutherford B. Hayes
Lucretia Randolph Garfield Wife of James Garfield
Francis Folsom Cleveland Wife of Grover Cleveland
Caroline Scott Harrison Wife of Benjamin Harrison
Ida Saxton McKinley Wife of William McKinley

First Ladies 21-25
Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt Wife to Theodore Roosevelt (Mrs. Roosevelt)
Helen Herron Taft Wife to William H Taft
Ellen Axson Wilson Wife to Woodrow Wilson
Edith Wilson Wife to Woodrow Wilson
Florence Kling Harding Wife to Warren Harding

Ladies 26-30
Grace Goodhue Coolidge Wife of Calvin Coolidge
Lou Henry Hoover Wife of Herbert Hoover
Eleanor Roosevelt Wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Bess Wallace Truman Wife of Harry S. Truman
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Wife of Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower

First Ladies 31-35
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Wife of John F. Kennedy
Claudia Taylor Johnson Wife of Lyndon B. Johnson
Pat Ryan Nixon Wife of Richard Nixon
Betty Bloomer Ford Wife of Gerald Ford
Rosalynn Smith Carter Wife of Jimmy Carter

Ladies 36-39 (as it stands at the time of writing!)
Nancy Davis Reagan Wife of Ronald Reagan
Barbara Pierce Bush Wife of George H.W. Bush
Hillary Rodham Clinton Wife of Bill Clinton
Laura Welch Bush Wife of George W. Bush

These guided reading texts highlight the highs and lows of being a First Lady - showing how exceptional these women were, each in their own ways. (In celebration of *International Woman's Day March 8th this set truly demonstrates the strengths of the so-called weaker sex).
I have written a set of guided reading play scripts to 'compliment' every 'traditional' class play I have written. The focus of these mini plays is more on reading than performing, which is why I refer to them as 'Readers Theater' and I see them as a wonderful classroom resource, delivering the curriculum via role play. I have used this format with classes I have taught and know first-hand how well this innovative form of teaching works. For the complete collection of guided reading play scripts I have written, visit my website
*Also available - Amazing Women: a set of 5 guided reading play scripts which look at amazing women:
1. From across the world, 15th - 20th Century
2. From across the world, 20th Century
3. In the American Women's Suffrage Movement
4. In the American Civil Rights Movement
5. First Ladies 31-35

Meet the First Ladies Guided Reading Play Scripts by Sue Russell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
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