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The Great Race of Mercy 1925, Alaska, Simplified Readers Theater

Price: $1.50

The Great Race of Mercy 1925, 3 Readers Theater scripts in 1 resource. Sled dogs, and their mushers, became the only hope for transporting life-saving serum to quell the diptheria epidemic of Nome, Alaska.  Non-fiction adventure covers the entire race in a 3-part, historically accurate story. For grades 2 to 4.

TIME:  5 to 8 minutes for each part  
CAST:  2-8      
TONE:  exciting    
READABILITY:  grades 2 to 4

The Great Race of Mercy 1925, 3 scripts in 1 resource (Simplified)
for grades 2 to 4
By Carol Montgomery
from the children’s book The Great Serum Race–Blazing the Iditarod Trail
 and the adult book The Cruelest Miles

Sled dogs.  Saving children.  Non-fiction adventure.  "The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Simplified)" covers the entire race in a 3-part, historically accurate story. Invite your students to participate in the Great Race of Mercy of 1925 that saved children and adults in Nome, Alaska, from a diphtheria epidemic.  You may find other related scripts in our Store (e.g., "Togo–Sled Dog Hero").  Like all of our scripts, "The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Simplified)" comes complete with vocabulary and annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans.  

Some believe that the Iditarod–held in March in Alaska every year–commemorates The Great Race of Mercy (also known as The Great Serum Race). But, the Iditarod never claims to commemorate The Great Race of Mercy.  (They kindly wrote us.)  

Students love tracking the historical adventure and reliving the thrill of people committed to helping save the lives of others with Readers Theater.

Perfect for early elementary students, "The Great Race of Mercy (Part 1,2, & 3, Simplified)" motivates further reading by making history and adventure come alive!

This script collection includes:

• the true story, consisting of 3 separate scripts (Parts 1, 2, 3)

• vocabulary list for each script (Parts 1, 2, 3)

• suggestions for performing the script with fewer readers

• 40 annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans

• easy document navigation using hyperlinked table of contents

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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