This reader's theater was written for four students. It is based on an incident that happened over 90 years ago involving Sojourner Truth. Like Rosa Parks, Sojourner chose to sit where she wanted to. In the script, one of the characters has just finished reading the story of how Rosa Parks refused to change seats. Their friend tells them that Rosa Parks was not the first woman who fought for desegregated transportation. Everyone wants to know who it was and they are told about Sojourner Truth. She was one of the first women to do it. She started riding and sitting streetcars wherever she chose in the year 1865 which was about 90 years before Rosa Parks. The characters discuss why Sojourner did this and what kind of woman she was. Everyone is impressed by her and wants to learn more about her.
There is a short writing assignment afterwards. I use reader's theater as a way to encourage my reluctant readers to raise their fluency. It motivates everyone! My name is Melanie Whitesides and I wrote this reader's theater for Black History Month. I find it is a great way to tie in Social Studies with Language Arts. It can still be used at any time. My store name is Wonbyone. If you like this script, take a look at some of my others. As I have said before, small groups are better because students aren't waiting as long to do their part and they get more practice in and you get less off task behavior issues.
Please let me know what you think of this one. Most of my scripts are black and white to make it easier to photocopy. Thank you.
Sojourner Truth's Transportation Story - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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