Okay, so maybe not an actual diamond necklace, but you can get a free electronic version of my play adaption, The Necklace, by clicking here. It’s Guy de Maupassant’s classic short story about a discontented housewife in turn-of-the-Century France. Although she has every reason to be happy, she makes a mess of her life when she loses a borrowed diamond necklace, which turns out to be false. It’s a compelling story, and a fun one for kids in the intermediate and middle school grades to enact. Although it isn’t implicitly Christmas oriented, it always seems appropriate for the holidays. The free play is courtesy of Scholastic’s Scope magazine. If you’re a middle school teacher and haven’t yet discovered Scope, check it our by clicking here. It’s a marvelous language arts classroom magazine with great stories and activities, stunning graphics, and a massive supply of supplemental online resources–well worth the price of a classroom subscription. And if you’re an elementary teacher, be sure to visit Scope’s sister publication, the immensely popular Storyworks classroom magazine. Like Scope, it puts your average language arts textbook to shame.