This brief (2 pages long) Social Studies script on THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE has 15 solo speakers and many parts for ALL so that teachers can use it with a whole class. (Note: You may add or subtract solo speakers to customize the script for the size of your group.) This script provides an overview of the basic information using a “Once Breaking News” context with reporters Smoky LaMontagne, Delta Stream, and Destiny Manifest providing commentary.
Reading and rehearsing the script familiarizes students with some basic facts while also increasing reading fluency and engaging students in a dramatic approach to learning facts. The script is close to two pages long with the text appearing in a 2-column format. (A look at the Preview copy will give you a strong idea of the total script and the information it contains.) A fluent and expressive read-through/performance takes about 6 minutes.
Students enjoy creating and performing gestures and sound effects where indicated in the stage directions. And—because it is a script—they do not mind reading and re-reading the information.
For more details and tips about using these scripts with students, you may want to download the FREE copy of "CURRICULUM-BASED READERS THEATRE: A Guide to the Classroom Use of this Strategy" available in my store.