Radio Drama Unit Mark Twain's The Invalid's Story

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8th - 9th
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Here's a twenty minute humorous radio play adapted from Mark Twain's classic short story, The Invalid's Story. This script has 20 + roles (plus crew) and was written especially for the classroom! Strengthen your students' listening, speaking, and reading skills all at once. It's a one stop shop! #fallingfordealsseasonal

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The product includes:

  • A note to the director
  • Mark Twain--a short bio.
  • Information about The Invalid's Story of which the radio play was adapted
  • Sound effects list and suggestions how to use them
  • Music suggestions with hot links
  • How to stage a radio play with a floor plan for your use
  • Radio theater terms (such as "up and under")
  • 20 page radio play script complete with sound and music cues written by an award winning author, me!
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


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