This resource contains four complete Reader's Theater activities for middle grade students for American History in the 1800's! The plays in this product cover The War of 1812, Westward Expansion/ Manifest Destiny, Sectionalism/ Causes of the Civil War, and Industry and Inventors! This resource is Part B of a complete Reader's Theater bundle!
Each play is a 5-Act, 25-role Reader's Theater script. Reader's Theater is an engaging instructional strategy for middle grade students that allows them to act out various historical scenes. This resource is a great review activity and assessment strategy. It also helps build fluency and reading comprehension skills!
Each of the five acts in each play includes three questions for the class to discuss. There is a ten-question multiple choice quiz for students at the conclusion of each play for an assessment. Lastly, there is an extension activity for each play in which students will create their own script following each Reader's Theater.
Answer keys are included for the quizzes.
For the War of 1812 Reader's Theater, the acts are as follows:
Act I: The War Hawks
Act II: The Burning of Washington
Act III: An Anthem is Born (The Battle of Baltimore)
Act IV: A Treaty of Peace (The Treaty of Ghent)
Act V: General Jackson's Victory (The Battle of New Orleans)
For Westward Expansion/ Manifest Destiny, the acts are as follows:
Act I: Manifest Destiny (Louisiana Purchase/ Lewis and Clark)
Act II: The Native Americans (War of 1812/ Trail of Tears)
Act III: War with Mexico (Mexican-American War)
Act IV: Westward Transportation (Oregon Trail and Railroads)
Act V: The Gold Rush
For Sectionalism/ Causes of the Civil War Reader's Theater, the acts are as follows:
Act I: Lifestyle Differences
Act II: New Territories (Missouri Compromise/ Kansas-Nebraska Act)
Act III: The Fugitive Slave Act (And Underground Railroad)
Act IV: The Election of 1860
Act V: Southern Secession (And the Battle of Fort Sumter)
For Industry and Inventors Reader's Theater, the acts are as follows:
Act I: The Early 1800's (Eli Whitney/ Robert Fulton)
Act II: Changes in Communication (Samuel Morse/ Alexander Graham Bell)
Act III: The Wizard of Menlo Park (Thomas Edison)
Act IV: First Flight and the Model T (The Wright Brothers/ Henry Ford)
Act V: Advancements from African-Americans (George Washington Carver/ Garrett Morgan)
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