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History Scripts, Grades 3—5

Make history come alive for your students with Readers Theater scripts.  Choose fiction or non-fiction trustworthy scripts from our growing buffet for teachers. Many of our scripts use primary source materials referenced in the annotated curriculum links.  Most of the historical scripts are currently related to the United States since that's where most of our paying members reside.  (Our members outside of the U.S. have not requested scripts related to their nations...yet!  :)  )  If you're a member of our Script Buffet Club you may suggest future script ideas. 

NOTE:  For more historical scripts see our Biographies and Patriotic sections.

 

Click on a Readers Theater script title below to read an excerpt from the script and to access the printable PDF (complete with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans).

IMPORTANT:  Most of our scripts are abailable 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 Formula)

Gold Star 2     Gold Star 2     Gold Star 2 

"In This Category" is a bulleted directory, organized alphabetically. 

Below the bulleted directory are summaries for all of our History scripts in grades 3–5 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)
  Harriet Tubman, Alias Moses: Joe's Journey (Simplified) (R = 3.4)
  Squanto's Squash (Simplified with Group/Audience Participation and Short Version) (R=2.6)
  The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Part 3–Simplified) R=3.3
  The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Part 2–Simplified) R=2.9
  The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Part 1–Simplified) R=3.7
  The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Part 1) R= 5.8
  The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Part 2) (R=5.3)
  The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Part 3) R= 4.8
  Togo–Sled Dog Hero, A True Story (Part 1, Advanced) (R=5.9)
  Togo–Sled Dog Hero, A True Story (Part 2, Advanced) (R=5.7)
  Togo–Sled Dog Hero, A True Story (Part 3, Advanced) (R=5.5)
 
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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