Winter Olympics Guided Reading Script (One of a set of *5)
Winter Olympics Guided Reading Script. I hope everyone enjoys this script – the other four (with a subset of 5, making 9 mini plays altogether!) are now ready, off the Olympics section of the website.
•1. 21st Winter Olympics, Canada, 2010. This is the first of a set of guided reading scripts written on the Winter Olympics:
2. A History of the Winter Olympics 1924 – 2010
3. Memorable Moments from Past Olympics
4. Winners and Record Breakers
5. What it takes to be a Winner – this is a further set of 5 mini plays on P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Mental Attitude, Respect, Intelligent Decisions, Dreams and Goals, and Effort and Education) – so there are actually 9 mini plays altogether.
These are a supplementary resource to a Winter Olympics Assembly – Tracing the Games’ History from 1924 to the Present Day – available in the Olympics section of my website.
Also available: History of the Olympics School Assembly
There is a cast of 6:
- Speed Skater
- Figure Skater
and these speakers are happily vocal in describing the skills required of their particular sport – if a little competitive, at times! But the underlying message remains true – that, in the words of Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympics’ founder, ” The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part.”
I hope everyone enjoys this script – the other four (with a subset of 5, making 9 mini plays altogether!) are now ready, off the Olympics section of the website.
Winter Olympics Guided Reading Sample Text:
Figure Skater: That is the spirit of the Olympic Games, along with its motto Citius, Altius, Fortius!
Skier: Faster, Higher, Braver!
Bobsledder: I’ not sure about ‘Higher’, but I certainly strive to be faster and braver every time I go out!
Curler: (Thoughtfully) Hmmm. I’ not sure about Faster, Higher or Braver in my case! I’ not exactly putting my life on the line every time I go out!
Narrator: But it still requires huge courage to actually go out there and compete! I get butterflies in my tummy just thinking about it. I totally admire you guys for going out there every time and giving it your all. That’ asking a huge amount of anyone.
Speed Skater: You’ right. It does take a lot of courage to compete – whether you’ hurtling along on skates like me
Skier: Or on skis like me!
Bobsledder: Or steel runners like me!
Figure Skater: And dancing on ice can be anything but safe!
Skier: (Sarcastically) Right! Really scary compared with my sport!
Bobsledder: Or mine!
Speed Skater: Or mine!
Narrator: Hold on! This isn’ the kind of competition we were talking about!
Figure Skater: And you’ wrong if you think performing jumps, spins, death spirals and being thrown across the ice is safe! I wonder how many of you could successfully land a triple or quadruple jump on ice! To say nothing of the cannonball, death drop and broken leg sit spins!
Narrator: I really wouldn’ want to try any of those!
Curler: I’ so glad we’ not required to perform any of those moves when we go out on ice!
Narrator: Yours is a very different kind of pressure..
Skier: (Snorting) What? Playing chess on ice? Right!
Curler: But you’ be surprised how stressful it is – getting that granite stone onto its target!
Speed Skater: But where’ the buzz?
Bobsledder: Where’ the adrenalin rush?
Skier: (Sarcastically) I can’ remember counting too many of you curlers being carried off on stretchers in the past!
Curler: OK. So we may not have to be prime athletes ..
Skier: (Sarcastically) Is that right?
Curler: But there are a lot of people who enjoy watching our sport
Narrator: So that’ more than enough reason to do it! Don’ go feeling outdone by this lot. They might have to be
Speed Skater: Stronger!
Figure Skater: All of these things! But that doesn’ make us better sportsmen! We all bring something special to the table – figuratively speaking, that is!
Bobsledder: Oh you and your figure! It wouldn’ help you much if you ever found yourself in a bobsled, thundering along an ice tunnel at 90 mph!
Figure Skater: That would be my worst nightmare! Maybe one of the reasons I trained to be a figure skater, not a bobsledder! Why anyone would ever want to hurtle along on their back, with absolutely no brakes is beyond me!
Bobsledder: I guess if you put it like that, it does seem a bit crazy!
Curler: Just a bit?
Skier: But then I guess leaping off tremendous heights, with just a pair of sticks attached to your feet, probably seems just a little insane, too!
Speed Skater: You’ right, there! I might enjoy speed but I certainly have no head for heights!
Skier: And yet you can end up in the scariest pile ups when you’ racing! I wouldn’ want to be in the thick of one of those!
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