This Lesson Plan uses a Readers Theatre "The Ant and the Grasshopper" by Lois Walker to learn about protagonists and antagonists. Students compare similarities and differences between the two using a Venn diagram and describe the similarities and differences.
Theater, Elementary English Language Arts
Upper Elementary
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LORI on Oct 21, 11:01pm

Amy, this lesson is fantastic!
I like the way you have utilized the reader's theater to teach the literary concepts of protagonist and antagonist. The integration of so many other tools like the Venn diagram and the writing process really strengthens so many skills for your students as well.

I had a hard time coming up with a way to improve your lesson plan. The only thing I noticed in reading it is there are several typos like letters missing letters (chous instead of chorus in the planning instruction section) and missing words(discuss ways they grouped instead of discuss ways they are grouped). You need to just go over it carefully and correct them.

A new idea you could do is have the students read it in 2 groups a few times and then have each group “perform” it for the other group while you video tape them. You could also have the groups perform it for their families as well as have their families involved in the reading of it on the family night.

I’m wondering if it would be too much of a challenge or if you could write an original reader’s theater with your class?!!! Think how fun it would be for your students to perform their own work.

LORI on Oct 21, 10:19pm

Amy this lesson is fantastic!

Amy Nielson on Oct 17, 03:43pm

Based on peer and instructor feedback on my draft version of this lesson plan, I made modifications in the following ways:
* Use appropriate link for sharing lesson.
* Proofread for grammar error and typos.
* Broke goals into smaller chunks. Adjusted assessment and rubric to align with this modification.
* Added detail for introducing Readers Theatre to class. This allows educators to determine if the Readers Theatre should be done as a whole class, larger groups, or smaller groups.
* Fixed licensing on the Readers Theatre, sharing a link instead of PDF file of resource.
* Created a new title image. Previous was an image found on Utah Online Library. Was unsure of the copyright so changed image. Made adjustments to composition file that also had the image.
* Linked to CORE standards and fixed subject tags. (Made sure to click save after making changes- I remember linking to standards, but it was not saved.)
* Included a link to a video example of a Readers Theatre children's book adaptation.
* Shared some scholarly articles and additional comments about the benefits of Readers Theatre.
*Clarified purpose for lesson and extended to include introduction of both protagonists and antagonists (older standards addressed both in the CORE; adapted lesson to reflect change in standards). Minor changes to instruction, assessment, and other sections reflect this extension.
* Uploaded the created Venn Diagram, rubric, and a composition worksheet.

David Thacker on Oct 13, 12:51pm

Thank you for sharing Amy

Something I like about this resource is... it's very detailed. I am a secondary education teacher and no nothing about readers theater and after reading through your lesson I think I have a good feel for it. Nicely done!

An opportunity for improvement of this resource is... I think it would be nice to include some links to the resources that you mention, like a Venn diagram template.

Something I wonder about this resource is...Do you introduce antagonists at the same time?

One new idea to consider in the design of this resource is... I don't know how you would feel about having a link to a video of a prior readers theater that you have done in your class. For someone who is new or inexperienced to this it could help them out.


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