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This is a small group Reader's Theater for 3 students. The challenge with this script is that it is written in verse. All words that rhyme are in bold and italics so students can better focus on them. In the script, it is the night before Halloween and the king is having trouble finding something to wear. The queen thinks he should wear what he had on last year but the king won’t hear of it. He doesn’t like to wear anything more than once. When the queen is unable to help him he threatens to go to the Halloween ball in the buff but decides that, if he must wear something twice, he will wear his underclothes. Everyone laughs at him and it is only then that the king learns it is okay to wear costumes for more than one year.
The rhyming in the script makes this more of a challenge than a regular script and so I give it to a higher group to practice. I've also used it as an introduction or a way to enhance a unit on poetry. There is also a writing prompt at the end of the script for students to respond to.
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 the occasional color picture on the front so they are cheaper and easier to photo copy. 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 scripts in verse there are others at my store. Let me know how things go!
Twas the Night before Halloween by Melanie Whitesides is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.