This Reader's Theater is my favorite November/Thanksgiving script! It was written for a small group of 4 students. The title explains it all. This true story is about one of my favorite Thanksgiving events! In the script, President Lincoln was given a turkey to be eaten for Christmas dinner. Tad Lincoln adopted it as a pet, named him Jack, and taught it to follow him around the White House grounds. The Hosts of the Little Known Historical Facts Show present the story of how the turkey Jack managed to escape being eaten for Christmas dinner and why the President wrote an official pardon for it. This story will explain to the your students why the President pardons a turkey each year and how Jack became the first official Presidential Pardoned turkey in our country.
I write small group reader's theaters so they will work better in centers and to avoid having long wait times between student's lines. Wait time is not reading time and often turns into off task behavior time. Small group reader's theater helps to get students reading more and encourages even reluctant readers to practice fluency.
My name is Melanie Whitesides and my store name is Wonbyone. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did.If you would like more Thanksgiving scripts or Native American scripts please check out my store! In fact, I sell this one and FIVE others in a pack to help save you money. I love tying in a holiday as well as social studies to literature time.
If you like this script look for more at my store. Most of my scripts are black and white so that they can be photo copied easier for your students. Please let me know what you think.
The Story of the First Presidentially Pardoned Turkey
by Melanie Whitesides
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