Performing this play for an audience or as readers' theater is a fun way for your students to celebrate President's Day or combine it with other social studies activities. The play "They Called Him 'Honest Abe' " tells us about the life of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the US, from his childhood and living in a log cabin to living in the White House.
This play is an original play written for use as readers’ theater, as a part of balanced literacy (Read-Aloud, Shared and Performance Reading or Guided Reading), or for an actual play production. In readers’ theater or through one of the balanced literacy approaches to teaching reading, children are not expected to memorize their lines, yet the reading encourages strong oral skills. An added benefit is performing the play for other classes or parents while increasing social skills, cooperative learning and creativity. Using plays in literacy-based classrooms promotes active listening for the performers, as well as the audience, and offers an engaging way to teach reading skills.
Although the play is written for students in grades 3-5, it can be adapted for other grades and abilities. It is written with 18-24 parts. Additional students can share parts for choral reading or help with directing, props/costumes/scenery/sound effects, prompting, programs and invitations, Master of Ceremonies, or house staff (selling tickets, ushering, etc.).
Complete with a teaching guide that lists questions before and after performing the play, words to preview, and extension activities, your students will have fun, build self-confidence, and increase in reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development.
Watch for more plays and books to be added to my site soon.