This Reader's Theater is for three students. We use it in class around Easter but it could be used anytime! It is a twisted version of the Tortoise and the Hare. The moral of the script is that it takes more than writing a lot and writing fast to make a good paper. As you can guess, my students were the inspiration for this one. Too many feel that going fast and writing a lot will make their writing superior. In the script, Rabbit is fast at everything and likes to brag at school. Rabbit says that faster is better. Turtle does not agree. The Rabbit wants to race to prove it but they have a writing contest instead. The next day, they start to write. Rabbit reads fast and then begins to write fast. When Rabbit is done, Rabbit has 3 pages and does not read it out loud to check for errors. Rabbit gets a drink and starts to draw. Rabbit spends more time drawing than writing. Turtle reads slowly, makes a plan, writes carefully, reads out loud to check for mistakes, and only has 1 page. Turtle’s paper is better and gets an A. Rabbit gets a D. Rabbit learns that taking time and doing what the teacher says is better for writing. Faster and more are not always BEST!
There is a writing assignment on the last page for the students to respond to. Be aware that I haven't advertised it for 2nd graders but a higher group could do it with some support because it is a shorter script and words were modified. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. 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 in and less off task behaviors take place. You will also notice that my scripts are in black and white except the occasional picture on the front. I do this to help save on ink and photocopying.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more Aesop, Easter scripts, fairy, and twisted tales at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
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The Turtle, the Hare, and the Writing Contest - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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