Reader's Theatre is a great way to practice fluency and build reading confidence in students. Sprinkle in some music and you have a super simple activity that your students will eat up!
This reader’s theatre script is based on the account of Paul Revere's daring ride to warn his fellow colonists and patriots of impending action of British troops against them.
This script has 15 individual speaking parts and a chorus. The chorus can be made up of any number of students that aren’t assigned a speaking part or can include everyone.
With younger students, I recommend reviewing the script with them before beginning in order to familiarize them with any new vocabulary.
This script includes 4 short songs sung by the chorus. The songs are sung to tunes that most students will be at least somewhat familiar with. The song parodies are based on the original songs Pumped up Kicks by Foster the People, Demons by Imagine Dragons, and The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman. The final song is God Bless America in its original form.
The many of the words have been changed, so I recommend singing the songs with their new lyrics as a group once or twice before beginning. To add an extra element of fun and help students with the tunes, I pulled up the karaoke versions of the original songs on Youtube so that we could sing along to the instrumental music but this isn’t necessary in order to enjoy the script.
Enjoy! And be sure to check back often with Miss Music Makes Magic for more musical reader’s theatre!