U.S. Life-Saving Service Drama Plays

Rebecca Locklear
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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  • Are you studying the post-Civil War time period?
  • Would you like an introduction to the U.S. Life-Saving Service, a search and rescue organization (1878-1915)?
  • Are you a teacher in need of a monologue for a girl or a play with 7 boys?
  • Are you part of a maritime museum who needs a short drama play for an event?

This book contains an abundance of information (including old photos) about early search and rescue, wrapped up into two short drama plays that are often done as reader's theatre.

1) “THE SURVIVOR,” based on a true incident, takes place in 1904 and is about a sailor who was rescued the previous night from a stranded ship off Cape Cod.

2) In “THE BIRD WE DIDN'T EAT,” enter into daily life at a remote search and rescue station on Cape Cod with seven male actors representing the surfmen and keeper (captain). The many incidents in this play are true.

(These plays are also included in a unit study I wrote called, Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915.)

Teachers are saying...

✎“The Bird We Didn’t Eat” was hilarious, but it brought out the stress the men were under.” – Jenny U.,

✎“Rebecca has done a fantastic job bringing this period of time to life through [these] plays....” Erin A.,

✎“[My kids] loved the skits... It helped them learn the information in a less traditional way that didn’t feel like learning.” Joanna Y.,

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Rebecca Locklear

Educational Writer, Author, PK-12 certified teacher



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