More Frantic Frogs and Other Frankly Fractured Folktales for Readers Theatre (Readers Theatre Series)

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Tony Fredericks presents all-new scripts in this new book of fractured folk- and fairy tales for middle-grade readers theatre. Have you heard about The Boy Who Cried 'Amphibian' or about when Little Red Riding Hood punched that Big, Bad Wolf right in the mouth? Fredericks tells those stories and offers more than 25 additional reproducible, satirical scripts for rip-roaring dramatic reads. These scripts are guaranteed to evoke snickers, chuckles, and belly laughs, get everyone involved in production, and engage ...

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Overview

Tony Fredericks presents all-new scripts in this new book of fractured folk- and fairy tales for middle-grade readers theatre. Have you heard about The Boy Who Cried 'Amphibian' or about when Little Red Riding Hood punched that Big, Bad Wolf right in the mouth? Fredericks tells those stories and offers more than 25 additional reproducible, satirical scripts for rip-roaring dramatic reads. These scripts are guaranteed to evoke snickers, chuckles, and belly laughs, get everyone involved in production, and engage all audiences as well. The book also contains guidelines and tips for using readers theatre in the classroom to promote reading fluency and motivate young students to read! Grades 4-8.

Long-time successful Teacher Ideas Press author Tony Fredericks presents all-new scripts in this book of fractured folk- and fairy tales middle-grade readers theatre. Have you heard about The Boy Who Cried 'Amphibian' or the story about when Little Red Riding Hood punched that Big, Bad Wolf right in the mouth? Fredericks tells those stories and offers more than 25 additional reproducible, satirical scripts for rip-roaring dramatics. His side-splitting send-ups and wacky fractured folk and fairy tales are guaranteed to bring snickers, chuckles, and belly laughs into the classroom, get everyone involved in production, and engage all audiences as well. The book also contains guidelines and tips for using readers theatre in the classroom to promote reading fluency and motivate young students to read! Grades 4-8.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Fredericks has published a second volume of readers' theatre and fractured folktales for students in upper elementary and middle school. The author includes background information on the value, presentation, and steps to follow when teaching students how to generate their own stories. Her description of 12 English/Language Arts standards that are addressed by the use of readers' theatre, such as seeing language in action, will give educators reasons to justify the inclusion of this type of performance in their curriculum. One problem with the book is the format; the number of participants and characters are not listed upfront. Also, some of the language included in the theatre pieces may be offensive to some adults, e.g., ticked off Little Red Hen tells the animals that they are "lazy no-good slobs," and "Jack and Jill Don't Like the Stupid Author Who Wrote Their Stupid Story." Still, the phrasing is realistic and humorous, and will appeal to children.-Kathleen Pavin, Purdy Elementary School Library, Fort Atkinson, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586289
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Readers Theatre Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,290,098
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY D. FREDERICKS has written many books for Teacher Ideas Press. He is Professor of Education, York College, York, Pennsylvania, and the author of more than 50 teacher resource books as well as 20 award-winning children's books.

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Table of Contents

The Really Short Section That You Always Find in the Front of a Book (a.k.a. the Preface)

A Very Brief Note to All the Purchasers (a.k.a. Highly Intelligent Individuals) of the First Frantic Frogs ... Book

Pt. I A Bunch of Educational Stuff You Gotta Know Before You Read All the Really Weird Stuff in the Rest of This Book (a.k.a. the Introduction)

"Once Upon a Time " 3

What Is Readers Theatre? 3

Readers Theatre and Fluency 4

What Is the Value of Readers Theatre? 5

How to Present Readers Theatre 7

How to Create Your Own Readers Theatre 11

The Young and Alluring Princess (a.k.a. a Bright and Clever School Librarian) and Readers Theatre 14

Standards, Schmandards (What the Guys in the Department of Ed. Want) 16

References 18

Pt. II Are You Ready?: Here's All the Really Wild and Wacky Scripts That You've Been Waiting for

Once Upon a Time in "Once Upon a Time" Time 21

Little Red Riding Hood Punches the Wolf Character Right in the Kisser 25

The Gingerbread Boy Gets Baked at 350[degrees] for 15 to 20 Minutes 28

The Boy Who Cried "Amphibian" (Once Too Often, I Might Add) 31

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (the Trial of the Century) 36

The Ugly Duckling and His Whole Ugly Family (It's a Really Ugly Story!) 41

Two Wolves Talking on Their Cell Phones 45

The Lion (with Attitude) and the Mouse (Also with Attitude) and the Not-So-Bright Writer Who Made up This Stupid Story 49

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Meet the Southern California Mouse 53

Jack and Jill Don't Like the Stupid Author Who Wrote Their Stupid Story 57

Chicken Little Has a Complete Meltdown 60

The Tortoise and the Hare (a Worldwide Wrestling Match You Won't Believe) 64

HumptyDumpty Makes a Lot of Really Bad Puns 67

Peter Piper Bets That You Can't Say These Really, Really Fast 70

Old MacDonald Had a Farm (and an Unbelievable Smelly Problem) 73

Three Blind Mice Get Even 77

Some Characters Sue the Storytellers Over Their Really Weird Names 81

The Big Bad Pig and the Three Little Wolves 85

Little Red Hen Gets Really Ticked Off at All Her Friends (P.S. She's Not a Happy Camper!) 88

Don't Kiss Sleeping Beauty (and the "Equal Time" Response) 92

The Readers Theatre Script at the End of This Part of the MORE Frantic Frogs ... Book 96

Pt. III Frog Central - A Really Hopping Place

A Hunka, Hunka Frog Prince 103

The Toads Demand Equal Time 106

The Famous Movie Actress and the Kissing Lesson Down at the Pond 109

The Original Hip-Hop (by Busta Frog) 114

The Tongue-Tied Frog (Not a Pretty Story) 117

Pt. IV Stories That the Author of This Book Didn't (or Couldn't) Finish (But Maybe You and Your Students Can)

Mother Goose for President 123

The Wind (a.k.a. "Mr. Blowhard") and the Sun (a.k.a. "Mr. Hotstuff") 125

Goldilocks and the Seven Dwarfs 127

Robin Hood Changes His Story and Steals from the Poor and Gives to the Rich 129

If You See a Gingerbread House in the Forest, Don't Stop to Nibble - Run! 131

Appendixes

App. A A Bibliography of Lots of Fables, Tall Tales, Legends, and Other Really Cool Stories and Books You Can Find in a Library (or Other Book Place) to Share with Students When They're Looking for Neat Stuff to Read 137

App. B This Is Sooooooo Incredible! Here's a Great Big Pile of Weird, Wacky, and Wild Readers Theatre Titles Kids Can Use to Create Their Own Original Readers Theatre Scripts Just Like the Author of This Book Did (and How Cool Is That?) 142

App. C Resources and Other Things Authors Always Put at the End of a Book (But That Doesn't Mean They're Not Important) 145

Index 149

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