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Teacher:

First Name:   ChristineLast Name:  Moats

Email address:  christine.moats@ops.org

Lesson Information:

Lesson Title:      READERS THEATER   

                          (Presenting Historical Events through Theater)

SUGGESTED GRADE LEVEL: Grades 4-6

MAJOR THEMES/CONCEPTS:     

Through literature and a reader’s theater experience students will learn about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and their importance in United States history: past, present, and future.  

Lesson Objective(s):

OBJECTIVES:  

1.Students will describe the structure and function of the U.S. government.

2.Students will read and comprehend literature to demonstrate comprehension and understanding of an important period of American history.

3.Students will use a variety of strategies to develop vocabulary.

4.Students will read grade-level materials fluently.

5.Students will locate, review and collect information from a variety of technological sources.

6.Reader’s Theater will allow students to:

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Increase listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

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Increase vocabulary.

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Assists with phrasing, rate, inflection, and appropriate pauses.

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Provides opportunity to reflect on text.

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Enhances content-are learning, including facts, ideas, and concepts.

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Motivates reluctant readers.

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Capitalizes on children’s imagination for dramatic play.

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Enables students to get to know a character.

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Calls attention to word or concept meanings.

Introduction/Anticipatory Set:

Students should have read school district text of background information on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights prior to this lesson.  

Read Shh!  We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz

Read We the Kids:  The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution of the United States by David Catrow.  [This book has an explanation of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution in language that kids can understand.  Contains a foreword and an easy-to-understand

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