This product contains three versions of the same brief (2 pages long) script on the Three Branches of the U.S. Government. It is written for 10 solo speakers, 5 small group speakers, and many parts for ALL so that teachers can use it with a whole class. (Note: You may add or subtract solo speakers to customize the script for the size of your group.)
Using a TV News Special context (including short commercials!), this script provides a brief overview of information about the basic aspects of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government, checks and balances, separation of powers, and other terms like: U.S. Constitution, Cabinet, Congress, and Founding Fathers.
The text of the script appears in three formats:
1. The 2-column 2-page complete script.
2. A 1-column version of the same complete script—for ease in reading when projected onto a screen. (3 pages long)
3. A 2-column 2-page “fill-in-the blanks” version of the same script to involve students in researching or recalling terms. Word Bank included.
(A look at the Preview copy will give you a strong idea of the total script, the information it contains, and the varying formats.)
Reading and rehearsing the script familiarizes students with some basic facts while also increasing reading fluency and engaging students in a dramatic approach to learning facts. The use of gestures (that the students themselves create) during the script reading reinforces the retention of information in a kinesthetic way that researchers call “embodied cognition” - When people see and use gestures, they activate more memory systems.
Students enjoy creating and performing gestures and sound effects where indicated in the stage directions. And—because it is a script—they do not mind reading and re-reading the information. A fluent and expressive read-through/performance takes about 8 minutes.
For more details and tips about using these scripts with students, you may want to download the FREE copy of "CURRICULUM-BASED READERS THEATRE: A Guide to the Classroom Use of this Strategy" available in my store.