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Biography Scripts, Grades K–2

Invite your students to experience the lives of famous people through Readers Theater biography scripts.  Choose single scripts or a series of scripts on one person from our growing Script Buffet.  Why not have small groups work on different scripts?  (If you're a paying member of our Script Buffet Club you may suggest future script ideas.)  

Note:  All four of our Thomas Edison scripts are too difficult for Readability K-2;  however, we can adapt one of the more difficult scripts to be easier; just contact us. The easiest is a readability level of about grade 5.5.  (See the Script Buffet Table Grades 6-8+ in the Biographies row)

Likewise, most of our Ben Franklin biographical scripts are too difficult for K–2; however, it may be possible to adapt one of the more difficult scripts to a lower grade. Contact us if you need a custom script of Ben Franklin for your grade level.

  

IMPORTANT:  Most of our biographies are available to our paying Script Buffet Club members only. Each one pays a little and reaps a lot.  :)

R = Readability grade level based on Flesch-Kincaide Readability Score.  (Note:  This score is often higher because of the word "narrator"--3 syllables!  Other times it may be lower because of shorter sentences. Vocabulary is listed on front page of each script.  Older scripts may have a "?" for readability--until I get the readability computed.)  For example, Readability (R) 1.2 = grade 1, month 2  and Readability (R)  3.6 = grade 3, month 6.

 

All scripts include annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans.

 

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"In This Category" is a bulleted directory of scripts organized alphabetically by last name of the biographical person, even if their name does not appear in the script title.

Below the bulleted directory are summaries for all of our biography scripts in grades K–2 in order of publication, most recent first.

Script Buffet Star =   exclusive for paying Script Buffet Club members

NOTE: To see the rest of the summaries, click "more articles >>" at the bottom of each page.

  Harriet Tubman, Alias Moses: The Swamp Mystery (Simplified) (R = 2.1)
  Ben Franklin–The Be Better Plan (Part 1) (R = 3.1 & 1.9))
  Ben Franklin–The Be Better Plan (Part 2) (R = 3.4)
  Ben Franklin–The Be Better Plan (Parts 1-2) (R = 3.3 & 2.1)
  Francis Scott Key, the Flag, and the Song (R = .9)
  The Star-Spangled Banner Lyrics (R = 3.1)
  Ring! Ring! Ring! Alexander Graham Bell (R = K, 1)
  Alexander Graham Bell and Mr. Watson (R = 1.1)
  Alexander Graham Bell and the Talking Dog (R = 2.1)
  Alexander Graham Bell–Part 1: Childhood Inventor (Simplified) (R = 3.2)
  Alexander Graham Bell–Part 1: Childhood Inventor (Simplified Full Class Version) (R = 3.2)
  Clara Barton, Nurse and Red Cross Founder (R = 3.3)
 
Praise from Teachers

...Keep doing what you are doing.  There are not enough quality scripts available for children and teens.  So many are inappropriate from a parent's perspective.  As a teacher I want to also build character and integrity while I teach a subject.  Why can't drama build up, inspire and be thought provoking?...Anyway, keep doing what you're doing...we need all the help we can get!
Jen H., Drama teacher

> ...I have been teaching for 35 years. RT has been part of my education journey for the majority of that time. Initially my experience with it was as a performance genre in the Drama Curriculum. Now I use it across the curriculum - a wonderful high motivation strategy in the language program - particularly reading - and so much more as you would know. I was drawn to your 'community' by the idea of leadership... I think what you're doing is wonderful..."
Graham B. Former primary teacher (now a Visual Art and Drama specialist)

Readers Theater All Year is the most comprehensive collection of Readers Theater scripts and resources I have found on the internet!...Thank you Carol for your leadership and vision and for making Readers Theater so accessible for teachers and parents.
Daniel Fiore, Elementary teacher/author What They Have Taught Me

I found the free readers theater online scripts, teaching tips, and curriculum teleseminars at Readers Theater All Year very inspirational to me. I used the Twelve Days of Christmas...Vacation script in my ESOL classes before Christmas break and my students all enjoyed it..
Lily T. Teacher (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

"> ..We did Squanto's Squash for the family on Thanksgiving and [my sons] participated and loved it. I am so excited about making this a major part of homeschooling. What a great way to learn!
Bethany P. Homeschooling Mom

> ...re: our script "The Earth Day Hen and Friends" I've used this! The kids love it. Thank you for sharing...It's just right for all levels in the class...Your free scripts are wonderful!...They learn so much from drama and reader's theatre...I see the shy ones gain confidence as they read. Fluency and prosody increases with reader's theatre...
Angela D., 3rd grade teacher

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