This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 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 ‘Never sacrifice your freedom for pomp and finery.' In the script, Peacock is tired of looking like all the other birds and wants everyone to recognize him. He is warned repeatedly that such changes come with a heavy price but he does not listen. Juno, the Roman goddess, finally grants his wish. He gets a fine, lone feathery tail and struts about showing it off. Many agree that he looks regal. One day he sees Eagle soaring in the sky and tries to fly like he used to. It is then he realizes the weight of his tail will make it so he never soars again. That is the price he was warned about. 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 Peacock's Tail - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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