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Stories on Stage: Children's Plays for Readers Theater, With 15 Reader's Theatre Play Scripts From 15 Authors, Including Roald Dahl's The Twits and Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School Paperback – May 9 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard Publications; Second edition (July 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938497227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938497226
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 490 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-6–This edition of Shepards collection of closely adapted story scripts for elementary children is basically the same as the original (H. W. Wilson, 1993) with a couple of changes. It has been pared down from 22 stories to 15 (more available on the Web site) and omits the appendix that offered detailed information on using readers theater in the classroom and on these scripts in particular. With its mix of humor, fantasy, and multicultural tales, such as Caryn Yacowitzs The Jade Stone and Harold Courlanders Talk, this book gives teachers both a fun and useful tool for bringing reading and literature to their students.–Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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Aaron Shepard once again provides the means for teachers to nurture a passion for the written word. -- Susan Finney, Author, Keep the Rest of the Class Reading and Writing While You Teach Small Groups

An intriguing, well-rounded collection. . . . The tone and content of source material is effectively preserved. -- The Horn Book Guide, July-Dec. 1993

Give kids a script and watch them act. . . . Shepard's talent as a storyteller shines out in his adaptations. -- Jan Lieberman, TNT: Tips & Titles of Books, Fall 1993

Reader's theater gets a boost. . . . The scripts are simple and direct, multicultural, and easily reproducible for classroom use. -- Ilene Cooper, Booklist (American Library Association), Jan. 1, 1994

Stellar scripts. . . . This is one must-have book. -- Judy Freeman, Author, More Books Kids Will Sit Still For

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9cf54a5c) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf7e228) out of 5 stars Theatre Teachers: This Is What You Need Nov. 10 2006
By A. Rassler - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is formatted so easily, it took me MUCH less time than I thought it would to prepare a unit on reader's theatre for my class. I used it for my high school theatre class so they wouldn't have to concentrate on large vocabularies, but rather to deliver the story in a simple, easy way. It was a HUGE success of a project and this book made it possible. It tells you how long each story is, what cast you'll need, and what reading level it is!! Yay!!!

The stories themselves are entertaining (even for high school!!!), compelling, and really fun to work with. I am SO grateful I ordered this!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6346a8) out of 5 stars A Great Resource Jan. 10 2006
By B. Thomas - Published on
Format: Paperback
Aaron Shepard is a generous contributor to the field of Reader's Theatre. This book is no exception. It's well-laid out and chock-full of interesting scripts. I've recommended to several folks interested in RT.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e2a9a44) out of 5 stars Clear and Helpful Jan. 10 2006
By jessica holnt - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was written in clear language. It was helpful to me as a novice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf7fed0) out of 5 stars Perfect for the classroom! Aug. 6 2012
By SoFullyE - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book after realizing that my 8th grade, special education classroom of reluctant readers shared an affinity for reading plays. I was very pleased with the outcome, and they were too. I used this book in my 7th grade class as well, and a paraprofessional I work with actually inquired about this book to use with her eight-year old son and his friends. I simply photo-copied the plays and had the students pre-read and highlight their portions. After reading a play 3-4 times, I started to notice an improvement in my struggling readers' reading fluency and overall confidence. Even with my more proficient readers, they were able to truly shine and practice changing their voices and intonations as necessary. I highly recommend this book for teachers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf7fc24) out of 5 stars Purchase the paperback! Aug. 19 2014
By Richard and Liz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Each play has a preview that includes genre, culture, theme, number of readers required, reader ages, length of play and roles. There are also helpful notes and placement of readers suggested.

I downloaded this free on Kindle which is great to get an idea of what the content is like BUT very impractical to use for actually doing the plays. If you purchase the paperback edition you are able to make multiple copies so way more practical.