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This is a small group reader's theater is for 3 students. It is based on Aesop's tale. Aesop's tales are a great way to teach students how to look for lessons or morals! The moral of the fable is "Please ALL - please NONE!" In the script, A father and son are taking their donkey to market but, as they go along, people keep making comments about how terrible they are for the way they use the donkey. The father and son keep trying to make them happy by changing their ride but people keep making mean comments. They finally end up carrying the donkey and it falls off a bridge and drowns. An old man comes up and tells them they should learn a lesson from everything that has happened. There is a writing assignment for the students to do at the bottom of the last page.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. Most of my scripts are in black and white so they photo copy easily. The problem with many other reader's theaters is that students spend a lot of time waiting for their part. When you have a small group they get more practice in and less off task behaviors take place.
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 you like this script look for other Aesop tales. Let me know how things go!
The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop by Melanie Whitesides is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.