This Middle School Readers’ Theater end of year brainteaser mystery script will entertain both drama and ELA classes in the last few WILD days of the school year. It gives grades 5-8 students high interest practice in reading aloud, comprehension, and even some writing.
The script gets its title, Double Trouble, from the TWO mysteries that the stars of the script -twins Sloane and Sporty- have to solve on the last day of the school year. They enjoy solving nice, juicy mysteries, yet can’t do it all on their own. Your students have to perform detection tasks too! At two separate points in the script they have to solve clues, and write in their ideas on an included answer handout.
The script is intended for 9 readers but the number of readers can easily be contracted or expanded, depending on how many groups you wish to have. When the character tag EVERYONE appears, either the whole class can read the part, (usually something short and simple like “She scores!”) or a few students who don’t have an individual role can be assigned this group reading part.
After completing the script students will discuss and write on six questions, complete a longer writing task, and perform a few fun detection activities, such as reuniting jokes that have become separated from their punchlines.
Question sheets and answers are included.
Quick peer and self assessment forms are provided, and a reading rubric to help you speedily mark your students on their vocal performances.
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