This Reader's Theater is for 3 students. It is a Spanish/ Portuguese folktale. In the script, there is a very ugly princess. She and her father do not realize that she is so ugly because they love each other and no one else will tell them the truth because they are afraid. When the princess turns 18 it is time to find her a husband. This becomes a problem. All who see her know she is very ugly and none want to marry her so they find ways to get out of it. Just when the princess decides she will have to go live in the North where there is not as much light so people won’t be able to see her - the court’s blind fiddler steps forward. He asks her to marry him. The fiddler explains that, because he is blind, beauty and ugliness are all the same. He is able to see the beauty inside. They are married and live happily ever after. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to. It asks them to identify the moral of the story.
My 3rd graders performed this but needed some extra time and help with the vocabulary. 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 in black and white with only the occasional color picture on front so they photo copy easily. 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.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more fairy tales 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!
The Ugly Princess - A Spanish/ Portuguese Folktale
by Melanie Whitesides
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