The Pied Piper Folklore Readers Theater Play Script

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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22 pages
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This slightly twisted, semi-modernized version is based on the old European folktale from whence we get the idiom “You have to pay the piper.” The play is speckled with bits of absurdities such as giant rats (full-sized kids in rat-like costumes) that eat Cheetos and drink from coffee mugs, not to mention a 13th-century mayor with an intercom on his desk. It’s an accurate depiction with a clear plot, strong lessons, and silliness that modern kids will thoroughly enjoy!

Original purchaser is licensed to print an entire class set--and there are enough parts for an entire class! Or, combine parts to enact with as few as ten kids. Great for reader’s theater, podcast, or stage performance, the play is most appropriate for grades 4 through 8.

Comes with comprehension materials including a quiz and a paired text activity.

Total Pages
22 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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