This reader's theater was written for a small group of 4 students. I had them doing a writing/research assignment about nursery rhymes and their historical ties and used this reader's theater to introduce the topic. In the script, Cindy is telling the boys about Tom the Piper’s son who stole a pig. It takes them a little while to realize she’s just telling them an old nursery rhyme. When Bess explains what it really means the boys are shocked to learn that 200 year old children’s poems actually have real meanings. They briefly discuss another poem called The Lion and the Unicorn and then set off to read as many old rhymes at the library as they can and look for the real – hidden – meanings behind them.
I use all of my Reader's Theaters to help students improve their fluency. My students, especially the ones struggling to read, still require motivation to improve and that is where Reader's Theater comes in. My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and I hope that you will enjoy this small group Reader's Theater. As I have said before, small groups are better because students aren't waiting as long to do their part and they get more practice in.
My ESL students find these scripts to be their favorite part of our lesson time. Please let me know what you think of this one. Most of my scripts are black and white to make it easier to photocopy. If you like this script look for other Mother Goose scripts. I've even put a book of them together. Thank you.
Tom, Tom the Piper's Son - Small Group Reader's Theater about Nursery Rhymes
by Melanie Whitesides
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