Description to World War II Guided Reading Play Scripts
5 Guided Reading Play Scripts (plus quizzes) based on Unit 9 Children in World War II - written by Sue Russell.
(This set of guided reading play scripts is one of a collection, based on Units 6 - 20 of the UK Key Stage II History Curriculum; also available - collection of class plays, again based on these units. For complete list including play scripts for USA curriculum, visit www.plays-r-ussell.com )
Play 1- Background/Beginnings of War - Why? When? 1914-39
Play 2 The Course of War 1939-45. Key events. When? Where?
Emperor Hirohito of Japan
Play 3 Evacuation
Play 4 The Blitz - Air Raid
Air Raid Warden
Play 5 War-time Life
I am adding sample texts as someone just requested these:
Play 1- Background Speakers: Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, Hitler, British Child, German Child, Jewish Child
Churchill: And who was the master mind behind it?
Chamberlain: Why Hitler, of course!
Hitler: But only because you sat back and let me. How feeble you were! Why did you think I started building up the German armed forces? I started my war preparations way back in 1933. You had plenty of time to stop me before we all went to war in 1939!
British child: OK, so he misread the signs!
German child: I'd say it was more a case of weakness! Not like our leader - he didn't need anyone's permission. He just got on with it.
Jewish child: He did that all right! He didn't waste any time trying to wipe out a whole race!
Play 2 The Course of War 1939-45 Speakers: NevilleChamberlain, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, Emperor Hirohito of Japan
Roosevelt: Brave words. But you took a huge risk, you Brits, going it alone.
Stalin: Yes, it wasn't long before France was defeated, joining the rest of Europe in Nazi occupation.
Churchill: Well, Germany did only have 2 true friends - Italy and Japan, making up the Axis Powers.
Play 3 Evacuation Speakers: Evacuee 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Evacuee 6: And then being lined up just like animals at an auction!
Evacuee 1: Course, the smart rich city kids were the first to be chosen.
Evacuee 2: And guess who was the last? Just because I wasn't catwalk material!
Play 4 The Blitz - Air Raid Speakers: Air Raid Warden, Mother, Father, Grandad, Child 1 & 2
Air Raid Warden (sighing): I can tell tonight's going to be a very long one! You come with me, Grandad, and I'll take you to the best party in town!
Grandad: Now that's more like it! Why didn't you say? Will there be anybody else there?
Air Raid Warden: Just a few! Around 200,000 - is that enough for you?
Grandad: You mean a rave! Ooh yes! With lots of dancing?
Play 5 War-time Life Speakers: Mother, Father, Child, Sailor, Wren, Anne Frank
Father: And fat was something you were very unlikely to be! But hey! We were all in the same boat!
Sailor: Not with me, you weren't. You thought you had it tough. Huh! You should have tried being at sea.
Wren: I did! In the Women's Royal Naval Service. Forget the seagulls! Us wrens were far more highly trained!
This set of 5 guided reading play scripts on 'World War II" employs 6 speakers each. Thus for a class of 30, there are 5 groups of 6 children. (For a smaller class size, a mini play may be dropped or the speakers re-allocated). Each 'mini play' comes with a quiz - an excellent assessment tool and means of focusing attention on actual learning content. I describe these plays as guided reading play scripts or readers' theater, as the scripts can be read as opposed to memorized, with no props.
I have written a set of guided reading play scripts to 'compliment' every 'traditional' class play I have written. Along with coverage of the UK History Key Stage II curriculum and most of the USA Social Studies curriculum at Elementary and Middle School level, I have also written guided reading play scripts and class plays for other subjects such as Citizenship Skills (PSHCE), Science and Geography.
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 (and traditional class plays), visit my website www.plays-r-ussell.com
Please note: 30 minutes teaching time is very approximate, depending on time spent on reading and answering quiz questions.
Second World War Guided Reading Play Scripts
by Sue Russell
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License