I have had several earlier blog posts about readers' theater plays (Want to Make History Come Alive? has all of my plays), but today I'd like to highlight one of my favorite sets: Ancient Egypt Readers' Theater.
These plays (which are also available as part of my Ancient Egypt Complete Unit and Assessment) allow your students to put themselves into the shoes of a variety of ancient Egyptians as they learn about how to make a mummy from the point of view of a brand new (and very squeamish) assistant, finding King Tut's tomb through the eyes of famed Egyptologist Howard Carter, and, finally, how to build a pyramid from the point of view of a work-adverse teenager.
Each part in each play is written at a specific reading level so students can be assigned "just right" parts based on their reading levels (our elementary friends use these as a way for their students to practice fluency which is something some of our lowest middle school readers could also use help with). This allows students at all reading levels to access the content without fear of struggling to read things out loud above their abilities.
I use readers' theater plays in each of my World History Units and love watching my students have fun and really get into the roles - especially those students who you wouldn't expect to thrive acting things out in front of their table mates.
In my class, these plays are performed by groups of four at their tables at a voice level two so everyone in the class can participate in each play. In between each play, I also have them respond to a brief writing prompt to strengthen the connections they have made.
So, if you are looking for a way to excite and engage your students in ancient Egyptian history in a new way, click the link below for my Ancient Egypt Readers' Theater plays which are also available as part of a complete unit as well as a bundle of three sets of ancient peoples plays. While you are there, be sure to check out and follow the rest of my store for other great World History resources!
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