This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is based on the Chinese fairy tale by the same name from Hans Christian Andersen. In the script, an Emperor in China a long time ago was so used to having everything he wanted be beautiful that, when he first saw the nightingale he was disappointed. But the nightingale brought tears of joy to his eyes when it sang so the Emperor decided to keep it in a cage. Then, one day, the Japanese King sent the Emperor a gold nightingale and the Emperor replaced the live bird with it. After several years the gold bird broke and the Emperor got so sick he was near death. The nightingale heard about it and came to his window to sing again. The singing healed the Emperor and the Emperor asked the bird to come and live with him again. The nightingale said no but agreed to come every night and sing to him. The Emperor was a wiser and kinder ruler after this. There is a moral to the story and a writing assignment at the end.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. My scripts are in black and white with only the occasional color picture on front 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. Reader's Theater is a great way to help students with fluency!
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more fairy tales and twisted tales at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
The Nightingale - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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