This is a small group reader's theater for 4 students. It is a short version of the story of Narcissus. In the script, A lot of people have come to Nemesis to ask him for vengeance. Narcissus is such a good looking guy that many have fallen in love with him at first sight. When they come to him to tell him of their love, Narcissus is cruel and mocks them. Nemesis agrees to make Narcissus pay. The next day Narcissus gets cut off from his hunting group and finds a clearing with shade and a crystal clear pool. He kneels down to get a drink and sees his own reflection for the first time. Narcissus falls in love and keeps trying to get the image to let him kiss it. When he finally figures out that it is only a reflection, Narcissus chooses to stay by the pool gazing at the image until he dies. The writing prompt at the end asks students whether this was a good punishment for Narcissus or if they can come up with a better one.
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 written in black and white with only the occasional color picture on the front so that they are easier and cheaper to photocopy. 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 and you get less off task behaviors.
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 Greek tales. I also have a lot of ones by Aesop! Let me know how things go!
The Story of Narcissus - Small Group Greek Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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