The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT

The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT
The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT
The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT
The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT
The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT
The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT
The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT
The Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) Readers Theater UNIT
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This funny readers' theater script with 6 parts is a classic your students will love. This complete unit includes the script, review questions (fill-in), review quiz (m/c), vocabulary quiz (matching), answer keys, and vocabulary and word wall cards.

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Two small-time criminals, Bill and Sam, kidnap Johnny (10 years old), the red-haired son of an important citizen named Ebenezer Dorset, and hold him for ransom. But the moment they arrive at their hideout with the boy, the plan begins to unravel. Calling himself Red Chief, the boy proceeds to drive his captors to distraction with his unrelenting chatter, malicious pranks, and demands that they play wearying games with him. Growing tired of the boy, the criminals desperately write a letter to the boy's father to get rid of him, stating that they will lower the ransom. The father, who knows his son well and realizes how intolerable he will be to his captors and how desirous they will soon be to rid themselves of the delinquent child, rejects their demand and offers to take the boy off their hands only if they pay him. The men hand over the money and the howling boy—who had actually been happier being away from his stricter father and thus does not want to be "rescued" from his more-lenient captors—and flee after the father threatens to turn his son loose on them.

Students become excited about reading in readers’ theater. Help your students develop fluency by allowing multiple readings of this script. Encourage them to use expressiveness, intonation, and inflection when rehearsing the text.

Lexile 910


Curriculum tie-ins:
▸20th century American literature

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