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Collision Course (R = 5.8)

publication date: Apr 12, 2013
author/source: Carol Montgomery

ReadersTheaterAllYearBugExcitement.  Surprise ending.  Short.  Adapted for Readers Theater, this classic urban legend tells a popular story students will enjoy–especially the boys! Complete with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans, "Collision Course" provides a platform for multiple extension activities or unit studies.  Highly recommended for advanced ESL or ELL students and upper elementary or middle school.

TIME:  1 1/2 min.        CAST:  3-5           TONE:  exciting          READABILITY:  grade 5.8

Here is the entire Script Buffet Club member's Readers Theater script; but if you like it, use the yellow download link for the printable version.

Collision Course
By Carol Montgomery ©2013

Narrator 1:  Once upon a time before the days of GPS a battleship got lost in heavy weather–everything was grey:  the ship was grey, the water was grey and the sky was grey with clouds.  A grey fog enveloped everything.

Narrator 2:  The visibility was so poor, the captain remained on the bridge to give directions.  Not long after dark, a lookout announced,

Lookout:  Light approaching starboard, Sir.

Narrator 1:  The captain called out,

Captain:  Is it moving?

Lookout:  No, it’s steady, Captain.

Captain:  That means a collision course.

Narrator 1:  The captain called to the signalman,

Captain:  Signal that ship this message:  To avoid collision, please divert your course twenty-two degrees.

Narrator 2:  Back came the reply signal,

Signalman:  They say, “To avoid collision, please divert your course, twenty-two degrees.”

Captain:  Tell them, “I am a CAPTAIN, change your course twenty-two degrees.

Narrator 2:  Back came the signal again.

Signalman:   They say, “No, I’m a seaman, first-class.  You must change your course twenty-two degrees.”

Narrator 1:  Now the captain was livid.  He couldn’t believe his authority was being challenged.  He growled,

Captain:  Tell them, “I’m a big battleship.  Divert your course twenty-two degrees NOW!”

Narrator 2:  The oncoming light flashed.

Signalman:  Uh-oh.

Captain:  What?

Signalman:  You don’t want to hear it.

Captain:  Of course, I do!  Tell me immediately what they said.

Signalman:  They said, “I am a lighthouse.”

Captain:  Change course twenty-two degrees.

Narrators:  The End.

***Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the exciting Script Buffet Club member's script, "Collision Course."

Download "Collision Course," a short Readers Theater perfect for advanced ESL or ELL students or unit studies on lighthouses.

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