Reader’s Theater Performances:
Black Boy: The Autobiography of Richard Wright, based on the book Black Boy and the picture book Richard Wright and the Library Card (not currently available in print . . . but coming soon)
The Monkey’s Paw–Be careful what you wish for in W.W. Jacobs’ gothic classic. A standard for middle schoolers, this play will help them make sense of the original text. From the April 23, 2012, issue of Scope, and now available at TeachersPayTeachers.
The Birth-mark–From the Jan. 2013 issue of Scholastic’s Scope magazine and now available on TeachersPayTeachers, Nathanial Hawthorne’s classic short story about life’s little imperfections–and a mad scientist!
Cyclops vs Odysseus—Watch this video to see how engaging this kid-friendly version from Homer’s Odyssey can be. Originally published in the Sept 3, 2012, issue of Scope, but now available here on ReadAloudPlays.com via TeachersPayTeachers.
Stolen Childhoods–View our multi-media presentation of Worked to the Bone, which focuses on photographer Lewis Hine’s Depression-era crusade to end child labor. Students recorded the audio of the play and coordinated it with a photo montage of Hine’s powerful photography.
A Christmas Carol–Among my greatest achievements as an educator was working with my students to create this fifteen minute holiday movie based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol using merely a Flip video camera and Movie Maker editing software, which usually comes pre-installed on most Windows machines. We used the script version from Read Aloud Plays: Classic Short Stories, which features a variety of role reversals including a female Scrooge. We also modernized it to make it easier to establish settings and added a few parts and lines so that all thirty of my students could participate. This video not only gives you a preview of the play, but will hopefully encourages you to take your classroom drama to new levels.
Special Interest Podcasts:
Using Reader’s Theater to Teach Fluency From the International Society for Technology in Education’s blog, Literacy Special Interest, this interview with Mack covers some of the brain research behind reader’s theater and other topics. Mack was selected for the interview based on his work as both a practicing teacher and the author of dozens of plays for Scholastic.
The Checkbook Project. This podcast interview with Mack is from Talking Fin Lit, a blog sponsored by McGraw-Hill. It provides a host of information about the benefits of using The Checkbook Project in the classroom.
All plays performed by fifth grade students from Central Point Elementary except Box Brown and I Have a Dream.