Introducing A BOOK by ME Reader's Theaters

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII

Perform, Videotape and Host a Facebook Watch Party

A Simple Way to Honor the Greatest Generation

 

Our Reader's Theaters are based on books written and illustrated by kids for kids to be used in classrooms. These scripts are a free gift to help communities honor the World War II generation and celebrate the Allied victory 75 years ago.

 

They are short and sweet (approximately 5 minutes) but carry powerful lessons from the war. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, little has been said or done to celebrate the big anniversary. Our hope is that communities worldwide will take part in this effort to have amateur actors share important stories with their valuable lessons.

 

Actors of all ages, from school age children to senior groups, can bring these stories to life with these scripts. Look for opportunities with your local tv and radio stations, and by video taping a performance and putting it up as a Watch Party on Facebook or other social media. When you create a watch party, you can watch any public videos on Facebook in real time with a group of your friends.

 

Please make the effort to make your performance as impactful as possible. We believe people in your community will be thrilled to see your group remembering the Greatest Generation.

Who to perform for?

Anyone who is interested in the stories of WWII will love what you're doing. But especially those who lived through this era. Keep in mind that the WWII generation is well known for their sacrifices and bravery. The economic turmoil of the Great Depressions impacted them profoundly. They were driven to win the war and create economic opportunities that brought great prosperity to America. That's why they are known as the Greatest Generation. 

Let your group (classroom, youth group, college thespians, or adult group) be the first in your community to honor this generation by celebrating a big anniversary. Being remembered is so very important to us all. Covid-19 has made their life very difficult so please do all you can to make sure they see or hear your performance. Remember listening to the radio was all the entertainment they had. Performing over radio air waves, especially in small towns in America, would be sure to touch listeners who tune in to hear the farm report. 

What is Reader's Theater? 

Reader's theater is a strategy for developing reading fluency. It involves children in oral reading through reading parts in scripts. In using this strategy, students do not need to memorize their part; they need only to reread it several times, thus developing their fluency skills.

When to Share?

Any time from now to Veteran's Day is best. This year, 2020, we are targeting our veterans and others from the WWII era seeing or hearing this skits. Letting them know we remember the victory they experienced 75 years ago.

Where to perform?

We are recommending you video tape your performance and share on Facebook Watch Parties. The instruction sheet link below gives more information. What you're about to do is newsworthy. Be sure to reach out to your local newspaper, radio and television. Advertise your event in the local newspaper, radio or tv stations by sending this Press Release ahead of time.

 

Another thought is having actors create posters or send cards to the known veterans in a nursing home as a remembrance. These could be dropped off before the performance and shared after. That would be very special.

Why Reader's Theater?

  • It allows much needed performances by locals for your community during the Covid-19 epidemic. Perform via Facebook, on tv and radio.

  • Great exposure for students, clubs or service organization.  

  • These scripts promote fluency and helps build reading confidence for students. In addition, it helps readers learn to read aloud with expression.

  • A great community service project for any club or organization. 

Instructions for Performing our Reader's Theaters

If you're ready to proceed, please follow our directions to assure you have good attendance to your performance. Click here for your printable PDF.

 

How to receive scripts?

Click on Veteran's Day 2020 to receive the first three Reader's Theaters scripts.

1. Pearl Harbor survivor who was a homeless youth during the Great Depression.

2. Medic on the front lines who had a Jewish man die in his arms. Came home shell shocked and suicidal.

3. Hungarian refugee who was in Germany during war.

 

Sneak peek on the Int Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021 tab to see what's coming next. Come back in January for more free scripts for Black History Month. 

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"I'm passing along the lessons from the Greatest Generation and others who have lived through hardship to future generations. Our subject's humility, sense of responsibility, and work ethic are inspiring. Having a student interview someone with a powerful story to tell is the greatest gift I can give them and those who will one day read their book." Deb Bowen