This Reader's Theater was written for a small group of 3 students. It is about how our National Anthem - The Star Spangled Banner was written. Francis Scott Key has been sent by the president to free Dr. William Beanes and has learned of the Brittish plans to attack Fort McHenry. He gets his friend released but has to agree not to leave in his ship until the attack has happened. Francis Scott Key and Dr. William Beanes watch and wait wondering what will happen to their country. When the morning dawns and the flag is still there as a symbol that America still controls the fort, Francis Scott Key begins to write the Star Spangled Banner while still on board the ship. This also makes a great script for the 4th of July.
It is important to teach the vocabulary of this script as students practice. Most of the words are not used as often. I write small group reader's theaters so they will work better in centers and to avoid having long wait times between student's lines. Wait time is not reading time and often turns into off task behavior time. Small group reader's theater helps to get students reading more and encourages even reluctant readers to practice fluency.
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. Most of my scripts are black and white so that they can be photo copied easier and take less ink. This script has a colored flag on the front page but the rest is black and white. Please let me know what you think.
The Star Spangled Banner - Small Group Readers Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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