This resource includes three complete Reader's Theaters activities for middle grade students studying Mesoamerican history! The plays in this product include the Ancient Maya Civilization, the Aztec Empire, and the Inca Empire.
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 Maya Civilization, the acts are as follows:
Act I: Religion and the Pyramids
Act II: Hieroglyphics and Art
Act III: A Famous Ball Game (Recreation and Agriculture)
Act IV: A Legendary Calendar
Act V: A Mysterious Ending
For the Aztec Empire, the acts are as follows:
Act I: An Empire is Born (The Triple Alliance)
Act II: Social and Religious Systems
Act III: Farming and Education
Act IV: The Capital City (Tenochtitlan)
For the Inca Empire, the acts are as follows:
Act I: Creating an Empire (Pachacuti)
Act II: Ruling the People (Government and Economy)
Act III: Farming the Land (Llamas and Terracing)
Act IV: The Invaders Arrive (Atahualpa and Francisco Pizarro)
Act V: Finding a Sacred Mountain (Machu Pichu)
Answer key is provided for the quiz.
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I liked the readers theatre scripts and the questions and quizzes were very helpful. It would be nice if the extension activity had more of an outline for the students to follow.
This is perfect. Each reader's theater is robust and comes with comprehension questions and quizzes. The extension activity gives the students a specific topic and time period to cover when they are doing their writing. Middle school students are definitely capable of doing this and they have the reader's theatres to use as an example.
This packet was to have instructions or lessons for students to write their own a Reader's Theater script. All the packet offers is to tell the kids to research a topic and find people and events, etc and then write a script. I could have.done that!!! First, there's an assumption kids can do research and then "pull" it all together. Then, and most importantly, there are no guidelines set, no specifics for the students. I am super disappointed. I was expecting a lesson plan with actual guidelines for learning how to write one. FYI: The actual Reader Theater scripts they provide were fine.