Science Fiction Readers Theatre

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Fill your classroom or library with imagination and excitement with this latest readers theatre offering from best-selling author Anthony D. Fredericks. The participatory approach in combination with some of the most creative and far-flung scripts in the universe will have your students actively engaged in scientific principles and possibilities. The 20 scripts in this fantastical resource will put your students in the roles of explorers, discoverers, scientists, and, yes—a few aliens, too. Students will be able ...

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Overview

Fill your classroom or library with imagination and excitement with this latest readers theatre offering from best-selling author Anthony D. Fredericks. The participatory approach in combination with some of the most creative and far-flung scripts in the universe will have your students actively engaged in scientific principles and possibilities. The 20 scripts in this fantastical resource will put your students in the roles of explorers, discoverers, scientists, and, yes—a few aliens, too. Students will be able to let their creativity take flight with this perfect addition to the language arts and science curriculum, as well as your library programming. Students will discover a mysterious object on the planet Pluto, observe aliens landing on a strange world and discover that some people are not what they seem to be. Packed with activity ideas and learning extensions, this resource is guaranteed to be a hit with your kids!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Readers theatre, with its emphasis on working with a written, unmemorized text and minimal costumes and settings, is an ideal way both to bring ideas to life and to bridge to actual dramatic performance. Science fiction, with its appeal to both the factual and quantifiable and its futuristic, novelistic subject matter, is the perfect venue for integrating science and literacy. In this well-thought-out and attractively presented collection of nineteen finished readers theatre scripts and one "do-it-yourself" template, drama, story, and science combine to create thought-provoking experiences for both the actors and the audience. The scripts, which vary in length from six to ten pages of fourteen-point type, fall into five categories: Distant Worlds, Distant Planets; Creatures, Real and Otherwise; Goos, Brews, and Aliens Too; Search for Knowledge; and Future World. Each script takes an aspect of life in the future and explores it in thought-provoking and well-phrased ways. From Once Upon A Time, which tells the story of the first Martian landing on Earth to Forever Is A Long Time, which explores the downside of immortality, the scripts have child appeal and read aloud well. The vocabulary is just challenging enough to be interesting, but simple enough to be relatively easy to read. Each script begins with a brief introduction and notes on staging and ends with three or four suggestions for extension-writing, experimenting, or doing further acting. A detailed introduction defines readers theatre, lists the values of the exercise, makes presentation suggestions, and discusses script preparation, how to introduce readers theatre to your students, staging, props, delivery, and post-presentationdiscussion. A thorough resource section at the end lists books, sources for scripts, and Web sites. Aimed at middle school students, this resource is ideal for those just starting out in readers theatre as well as those who need solid, interesting scripts to add to the repertoire. Illus. Biblio. 2002, Teachers Ideas Press, 148p,
— Ann Welton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563089299
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Readers Theatre
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 429,135
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY D. FREDERICKS has written more than 20 books for Teacher Ideas Press. A former reading specialist and classroom teacher, he is currently professor of education, York College, York, Pennsylvania. Tony is the author of more than 65 teacher resource books, over 30 award-winning children's books, and several trade books on effective teaching.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. I Distant Worlds, Distant Planets
Once Upon a Time 3
Artifact 9
The Jovian Pact 15
Across the New Frontier 21
Heads/Tails 27
Pt. II Creatures, Real and Otherwise
A Matter of Survival 35
Me, Myself, and I 41
Alien Teacher 47
Pt. III Goos, Brews, and Aliens Too
I Am Slime 53
Bubble Trouble 61
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream 69
It's in the Bag 77
Pt. IV Search for Knowledge
All the Knowledge in the Universe 87
The Masters of All 93
Forever Is a Long Time 99
Just a Thought 109
Pt. V Future World
A Long, Long Time 117
Into, Beyond, the Back Again 125
The Last Decision 131
Do It Yourself! 139
Resources 145
About the Author 148
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