Reader's Theater: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The opening chapters of Mark Twain's masterpiece, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, can be daunting for some readers. A reader's theater assignment divides the second chapter of the novel into a seven-role script, allowing readers to work through the plot and understand the basics of the characterization before they continue reading Twain's prose.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals create scripts for additional chapters of the novel, or for short stories or novels in your other literature units
  • Assign the discussion questions at the end as short writing prompts
  • Encourage learners to turn their graphic organizer notes into an essay with evidence from the text
  • Use as an activity for Read Across America Day
Classroom Considerations

  • There are seven roles in the reader's theater exercise; if you'd like more class members to participate, consider multiple readings or small group readings
Pros

  • Comes with additional tips for instruction, as well as a list of procedures
  • Includes discussion questions and a graphic organizer for brainstorming
  • Provides a version of the script without additional lesson plans, and a reading passage of the original text
Cons

  • None