This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 students. It is based on Aesop's tale. Aesop's tales are a great way to teach students how to look for lessons or morals! The moral of the fable is 'Nothing is worth more than liberty.' In the script, Wolf is hungry and cold. The dogs keep a careful watch on the sheep. He thinks he will starve to death unless something changes so, one day, he asks the dogs what they think he should do. They tell him to become like them and move to town. They explain what dogs do for people and the rewards of food and attention. Wolf is tempted. The dogs are healthy and fat. But the Wolf sees their necks and the marks from the collars and chains they wear. He tells them he won’t go with them and join them because he wants his freedom. This becomes a writing assignment for the students to do and the question is at the bottom of the script. They are asked weather they agree with the wolf and must use evidence from the story as well as their life to support their opinion.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. Most of my scripts are in black and white 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 I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. If you like this script look for other Aesop tales. Let me know how things go!
The Wolf and the Dogs - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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