Lunch Counter Sit-Ins Civil Rights Black History Reader's Theater Script

Lunch Counter Sit-Ins Civil Rights Black

History Reader's Theater Script


4 - 6


English Language Arts

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Imagine if your students could witness the start of the Sit-in Movement. They will be when you liven up your MLK Day lessons, Black History Month activities, or your Civil Rights unit with this powerful classroom play set during the Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-ins of 1960. The event is viewed through the eyes of a middle class white boy who gets angry when the protests prevents him from enjoying his family celebration at the Woolworth. As the events unfold, he begins to understand the plight of the young protesters, choosing in the end to stand with them. Based on the actual event, this seven page, twenty minute classroom play script can be adapted for reader’s theater, podcasting, or stage performance. From seven to fourteen parts, use it with students in grades 4 through 8 to improve fluency, build comprehension, and engage learners. Originally published in the January 2003 issue of Scholastic’s Storyworks magazine, Sitting Down for Dr. King's dramatic conclusion has made it one of the most frequently republished in the Civil Rights series. Fully reproducible: the original purchaser is licensed to reproduce one classroom set per year. Includes comprehension activities and teacher notes, too!

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