This script was written for 3 students and for Halloween - although it could be used anytime to entertain. It is based on the true story of a chicken that survived having it's head cut off. In the 40’s there was a chicken who really did have its head cut off by a farmer and yet it survived. This is that story. In the script, a student is trying to come up with a story to share with the class that is spooky. One of the students suggests that they tell the story of a chicken who survived 18 months AFTER its head was removed. As they discuss this odd fact, the student who read about it is able to explain why the chicken survived for so long.
There is a short writing assignment afterwards for students. Please make sure you look at the preview before buying this. Stories like this can be a little gruesome but your students WILL love it! I write reader's theaters because I find them to be an excellent way to motivate all readers, including reluctant ones, to practice fluency. I write small group scripts because the ONLY way reader's theater works is when there is very little wait time. In scripts with lots of characters, students spend time off-task or waiting to read this does not help them become fluent. My scripts are in black and white except the occasional front picture and no cute 'stuff' so that they can be reproduced on a copier easier with less ink. Please note, if you are a 3rd grade teacher, the group that performs this will need to be a higher group and your students will need a little extra help with vocabulary.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. If they do, check out some of my other scripts. There are several for Halloween and many other topics. Thankyou!
The Headless Chicken - True Story Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License