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This Middle School Readers’ Theater fun brainteaser mystery script will give students practice in reading, comprehension and writing, while having lots of chuckles. The Mystery of the Stolen Laptop readers’ theater script will entertain your grades 5-8 students and require them to perform inference tasks to solve clues. The cast list is intended for 8 readers but the number of readers can easily be contracted or expanded depending on how many groups you wish to have. This funny and engaging story is about the theft of a laptop at school and the detective work two characters use to track it down. The main character parts range in age from 10-14.

Matt fears he isn’t as speedy at working things out as his clever friend Sophie is, but he manages to wow her in this story- and discover where his laptop is! The script is in two formats: a printable PDF and an Easel Activity. It is part of a 50% off Bargain Bundle: 50% OFF DRAMA BIG BARGAIN BUNDLE

To track down the missing laptop students will unscramble anagrams. They will also work out clues using a numbers-to-alphabet code. To end the activity, students have to discuss and write on six questions, complete a journal entry and also design a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ style drawing for a fellow student. This resource will delight both entire classes and small groups of early finishers.

Question sheets and answers are included.

If your students enjoyed this script, they will have fun with another Matt and Sophie detective romp: READERS' THEATER- MYSTERY OF THE DRAMA CAMP THIEF

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Try a fun fractured fairy tale about the shoe obsessed Cindy Rella: READERS' THEATER FRACTURED FAIRY TALE: CINDY RELLA


Try a scary mystery script: READERS' THEATER SCARY MYSTERY or the second script in the scary mystery series:
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20 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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