John Henry-themed Readers' Theater Tall Tale: "Joan Henry Lights the Way"
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This readers' theater literacy toolkit is also available as part of the TALL TALES BONUS BUNDLE
, which includes 4 twisted tall tales and LOADS of supplemental activities, including bundle-exclusive bonus resources. The bundle makes a great addition to any tall tales unit or folktales unit. Your students will enjoy the twists to the tall tales of Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan!
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Readers' theater (also spelled "reader's theatre") is a terrific teaching tool for developing students' reading fluency, and students will enjoy this 39-page readers' theater script and literacy toolkit that puts a new twist on the tall tale of John Henry. The literacy toolkit includes the following:
>"Joan Henry Lights the Way":
6-page script for up to 9 readers
A second version of the 6-page script with a more upbeat, humorous ending (unlike the traditional version, which mirrors the death of John Henry in the traditional tall tale)
>Sound Effects: Cue Cards
>Vocabulary: Word Work
>Tall Tales Compare & Contrast
graphic organizer activity
>Readers' Theater Weekly Practice Checklist
>An overview of readers' theater & the four elements of fluent reading
The script includes sound effects for which students may choose to include audience participation. Cue cards are provided that students can use to cue the audience for a unique, interactive readers' theater performance.
The script also includes a list of “Watch-out words!” This feature highlights challenging words for which students may need help as they practice. These words make terrific candidates for classroom vocabulary instruction.
If you choose to do script-based vocabulary instruction, the Word Work
vocabulary activity included with the script uses four of the “Watch-out words!” for more in-depth vocabulary study. A Sample Answer Key is included.
If you want to strengthen students' skills with comparing and contrasting, you can use the Tall Tales Compare & Contrast
graphic organizer activity to have students compare the traditional John Henry tall tale with the twisted Joan Henry version. A Sample Answer Key is included.
For a classroom reading block, readers’ theater can be used as a student-monitored station during small-group instructional time, and my literacy toolkit includes a Weekly Practice Checklist that provides a framework for students’ day-by-day practice.
A basic overview of readers' theater is also provided, including information on the four essential components of reading fluency—accuracy, rate, phrasing, and expression.
In addition to my TALL TALES BONUS BUNDLE
, you can find more great savings through my other discounted readers' theater bundles:
* READERS' THEATER MEGA BUNDLE OF SILLINESS
*HOLIDAY READERS' THEATER ALL-SCHOOL-YEAR FUNNY BUNDLE
* READERS' THEATER POETRY BUNDLE