In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, last Friday I hosted a Reader’s Theater at Nolensville Elementary here in my hometown. The script, titled The Journey Home, was based on The Jupiter Chronicles and told the story of Ian and Callie’s journey to return the Orb of Water to the Sinu. The theme of the story was “family is forever”.
If you’ve never attended a Reader’s Theater before it’s pretty simple. Actors do not memorize their lines but instead read directly off the script and perform in front of an audience. In this case, I picked kids out of the audience to read the parts of Ian, Callie, Stinky Frank, the Sinu and a Doomslayer while the audience provided the special effects.
The special effects were hilarious. I also included a lesson on writing technique which consisted of things like:
- How to get ideas for a story.
- Using a simple character interview to flesh out your characters.
- Establishing setting.
- Conveying a message from your own personal experiences.
- Writing hooks and use of adjectives.
If you’re an educator and would like to download a copy of the script, you can do so by clicking on Leonardo Ramirez Readers Theater. Please feel free to adjust or alter to match the grade level or common core standards.
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