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"Togo–Sled Dog Hero, A True Story", Readers Theater Scripts Grades 2-5

Price: $1.50

Let your students see how much a dog can love his owner. These three sled dog stories not only do that but they actively demonstrate positive character qualities your students can see and feel as the adventure unfolds. Easily adaptable for group/cast size of 3 to 9 readers.

TIME: about 4–5 minutes for each script
CAST: 3-9
TONE:  serious, exciting
READABILITY:  grades 2–3 (Parts 1–3, Simplified): grades 4–5 (Parts 1–3)
39 pages

 Alaska History Readers Theater
"Togo–Sled Dog Hero, A True Story",
Grades 2-5
By Carol Montgomery

Character-building stories.  Sled dog adventures.  The true story of Togo is divided into three stand-alone parts with each part available in two readability levels.  Togo became a key sled dog for the Great Race of Mercy during the 1925 diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska.  He led his team more miles than any other team.  Perfect for elementary readers and ELL students, "Togo–Sled Dog Hero, A True Story" provides opportunities for building confidence in students using small or large groups.

TIME: about 4–5 minutes for each script
TONE:  serious, exciting
READABILITY:  grades 2-3 (Parts 1-3, Simplified) and grades 4-5 (Parts 1-3)  
CAST: 3-9 (with performance suggestions for fewer readers)

To help you, this script collection includes:

•    one, 3–part script/story adapted to two reading levels
•    vocabulary list for each portion of the 3-part story to introduce new words and increase comprehension
•    a thinking skills worksheet with a photo of Togo and his owner (plus answer key)
•    45 annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans
•    easy document navigation using hyperlinked table of contents
•    full-page color cover
•    encourages character qualities of courage, diligence, faithfulness, helpfulness, and wisdom

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

> 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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