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Readers' Theater Script Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Here’s one of the oldest and most popular Christmas poems ever! "Twas The Night Before Christmas" has been rewritten as a readers' theater script by My Reading Resources with six speaking parts. It is also referred to as "A Visit From St. Nicholas" or "The Night Before Christmas." The text was written in the early 19th century. Though its author is disputed, with the poem being attributed to both Clement Clarke Moore and Henry Livingston Jr., it was first published on Dec. 23, 1823, in the Troy Sentinel newspaper in New York.

Students become excited about reading in readers’ theater. Help your students develop fluency by allowing multiple readings of this script. Encourage them to use expressiveness, intonation, and inflection when rehearsing the text. Readers’ theater provides an authentic reason for re-reading-(performing for an audience).

Readers’ theaters are great for your sub packets!

Flesch-Kincaid: 3.1

Curriculum tie-ins:
▸Santa Claus

More Readers’ Theaters from My Reading Resources:
Grades K-2
The Little Red Hen Learns About St. Patrick’s Day (grades K-3)
Readers’ Theater for Two (grades K-2)
A Groundhog Day Readers’ Theater (grades K-2)
The Gingerbread Man (grades 1-3)
The Little Red Hen’s Valentine’s Day Gift (grades 1-5)
The Rooster, the Mouse, and the Little Red Hen (grades 1-3)
Mardi Gras (grades 1-3)
Mardi Gras Readers’ Theater and Center Activities (grades 1-3)

Grades 2-5
The Fox and the Grapes (grades 2-3)
The Ant and the Chrysalis (grades 2-3)
The Ant and the Grasshopper (grades 2-3)
The Hare and the Tortoise (grades 2-3)
The Elves and the Shoemaker (grades 2-5)
The North Wind and the Sun (grades 2-3)
The Peacock and the Crane (grades 2-5)
The Little Red Hen’s Valentine’s Day Gift (grades 1-5)
Cupid, Explained (grades 2-4)
Daylight Savings Time (grades 2-5)
The Headless Horseman (adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) (grades 3-6)
Twas the Night Before Christmas (grades 3-6)
The Adventures of Aladdin (grades 2-5)
Visit Ancient Greece (grades 2-5)
Bundle:March Readers’ Theaters: Five Scripts for Spring (grades 2-4)
Bundle: Seven Aesop’s Fables (grades 2-3)

Grades 5 & up
The Story of the Constitution (grades 5-12)
Cupid and Psyche (grades 4-8)
The Ransom of Red Chief (grades 4-8)


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