This small group reader's theater was written for 3 students and for Halloween. It is based on the original ghost story and not based on Washington Irving's story. Again, the tale that follows is the true tale of the Headless Horseman and one that Washington Irving used to write the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. In the script, a student has asked the narrator to prove they know how to tell a story by telling them one. In honor of Halloween the narrator chooses a scary one. So, the narrator begins a story about a Dutchman who was almost run down by the Headless Horseman! The Dutchman even shows up to make sure they get the story right. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for students. Please make sure you look at the preview before buying this. Sometimes teachers don't like to use ghost tales. I wrote this one carefully so as not to make it very spooky but it IS a piece of history. I write reader's theaters because I find them to be an excellent way to motivate all readers, including reluctant ones, to practice fluency. I write small group scripts because the ONLY way reader's theater works is when there is very little wait time. In scripts with lots of characters, students spend time off-task or waiting to read this does not help them become fluent. My scripts in black and white except the occasional photo on front and with no cute 'stuff' so that they can be reproduced on a copier easier with less ink. Please note, if you are a 3rd grade teacher, the group that performs this will need to be a higher group and your students will need a little extra help with vocabulary. 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 they do, check out some of my other scripts. There are several for Halloween and many other topics. Thankyou!
The True Story of the Headless Horseman - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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