This script was written for four students and it could be used at Halloween. I wrote it as an extension for students who are reading Washington Irving's story. In the script, A lot of the people in the village of Sleepy Hollow have been invited to Farmer Van Tassel’s home for a party. Some of the villagers gather together to gossip about the schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane. He wants to marry Katrina Van Tassel but people think it may be for her money. Brom Bones also wants to marry Katrina and has been playing pranks on Ichabod. When Ichabod stops dancing with Katrina so they can get a drink, Brom tells everyone about a run in he had with a local ghost – the Headless Horseman. Ichabod tells him it is a great IMAGINARY story and takes Katrina to dance again. A week later some villagers get together again and discuss what happened to Ichabod after the party. It is said the Headless Horseman came for him and no one has seen him since. They aren’t sure if they believe he was taken by the ghost or simply ran away never to be heard of again. There is a short writing prompt after the story. I have also written the true story of the Headless Horseman and you could use a Venn Diagram to compare both of them. 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 as a tool for fluency 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 written in black and white except the occasional photo on front and with no cute 'stuff' on them so that they can be reproduced on a copier easier and with less ink. Please note, if you are a 4th grade teacher, your students will need a little extra help with vocabulary. The easiest part is Villager #1. 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 Legend of Sleepy Hollow OR The Headless Horseman
by Melanie Whitesides
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