In the Trenches

Thoughts and Ideas from a Classroom Teacher

Civil War and Readers’ Theater

on February 5, 2013
Right now, we are doing an integrated unit for Language Arts and the Civil War. We wanted to figure out a way to bring in speaking and listening in a more direct way, so we thought it would be great to build in some Readers’ Theater. My kids LOVE it! We are using the scripts as fiction and non-fiction reading with a special focus on prosody and point of view. At the end of the unit, we are having the kids write their own monologues from the point of view of one of the historical figures from the Civil War. Here are some of the awesome scripts we’ve found!
  • Civil War Readers Theater
http://www.civilwar.org/education/teachers/lesson-plans/readers-theater-lesson/civil-war-readers-theater.html
 
  • Ballard of Abraham Lincoln
http://printables.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/09/TEAJAN09_004.pdf
 
  • Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up?
http://printables.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/09/TEAJAN09_002.pdf
 
  • Abraham Lincoln: Holding the Nation Together
http://printables.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/09/TEAJAN09_003.pdf
 
  • Causes of the Civil War
http://www.rosalindflynn.com/pdf%20files/CivilWarCause%C9t.pdf
 
  • Civil War Events
http://www.rosalindflynn.com/pdf%20files/Civil%20War%20Events%20RT%20Script.pdf
 
  • The Civil War Through a Child’s Eyes
http://www.nylearns.org/module/content/pyb/resources/11725/view.ashx
 
  • Gettysburg and Mr. Lincoln’s Speech
http://www.aea267.k12.ia.us/system/assets/uploads/files/25/gettysburg_readers_theatre_script.pdf
 
  • Women in the War
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/manswar/
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