Take A Book: Different Genres of Writing
Take A Book: Different Genres of Writing was the original title of this script which is now also available under the name ‘Favourite Books Key Stage Two Reading Assembly’ I, the writer, decided to change the title as I think this one better represents the script contents i.e. reading material. The new titled script is on the website as Favourite Books Key Stage Two Reading Assembly – in case someone is searching under this title – but please don’t buy both scripts as they are the same!
Our Narrator certainly has his work cut out during this assembly, keeping everyone in order! Particularly that Famous Five! May have bitten off more than they could chew taking on the infamous Revolting Rhymes crew!
Ten Books/Ten Genres:
1. Historical Stories
Titanic: An Edwardian Girl’s Diary by Ellen Emerson White
2. Myths & Legends
Gods & Warriors by Michelle Paver
3. Adventure Stories
Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz
4. Mystery Stories
Famous Five Go Off To Camp by Enid Blyton
5. Issue-Raising Stories
Who’s a Bully then? by Michael Morpurgo
6. Character-Driven Stories
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
7. Animal Stories
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
8. Tales from Other Cultures
Anansi and the Yam Hills by Michael Auld
9. Fantasy Stories
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
10. Fairy Stories
Cast Size: 30 As always, this number can be increased or decreased by doubling or halving of lines – redistributing them to match the required number of speakers.
Duration. Around 20 minutes reading time – not including music.
Music 1 – Background music
(Whole cast walks in, forming two lines of 15 each, at the front of the assembly hall, facing the audience; Narrator to the side)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on what we enjoy reading.
Music 2 Bad – Michael Jackson
(Enter Revolting Rhymes Crew)
Goldilocks: (Sarcastically) Wow! Far out!
LRRH: (Yawning loudly) This is going to be a bundle of laughs!
Little Pig: Yeah! Reckon we’re all gonna get ‘blown away’!
Narrator: (Furiously, marching over to ‘the crew’) Er excuse me! How dare you so rudely interrupt my assembly! Who are you?
Jack: Part of your cast!
Narrator: (Incredulously) Really?
Cinderella: Oh yes!
Snow White: We’re all members of
All Crew: (Together) The Revolting Rhymes Crew!
(Narrator consults his/her notes)
Narrator: Ah yes. But you’re not due on til … ah here! Right at the end! So … (pauses indignantly) kindly just wait your turn!
(Narrator points ‘crew’ back to their seats; ‘crew’ return to their seats, grumbling, looking thoroughly bored and disinterested)
Music 3 Sugar Sugar – Archies
(Enter Famous Five)
Julian: Oh I say!
Dick: How absolutely frightful!
Anne: What an uncouth lot!
George: You should jolly well tell them …. (pauses) they have no business here! We’ll see them off, won’t we, Timmy?
Narrator: (Throwing his hands up in exasperation) And who are you?
Julian: Why, my dear chap! We’re
All 5: (Together) The Famous Five!
Anne: (To the others) Fancy not knowing that! I mean, we are famous after all?
Narrator: As are all my guests today! But that doesn’t give you the right to jump the line!
(Narrator goes through his/her notes)
Now, let me see… Yes, as I thought. You’re in my Number Four slot.
George: Shouldn’t that be, Number Five?
(All Five fall about laughing)
Anne: Oh George! You’re such a hoot!
Dick: Yes, doesn’t she just crack you up?
(Five continue laughing)
(Five stop laughing abruptly)
Narrator: That’s enough! You may all be very charming ‘off stage’ but frankly from where I’m standing, here on stage …. You’re as bad as that lot! (Pointing to Revolting Rhymes Crew)
Julian: (Indignantly) Well of all the ..
Narrator: (‘Herding’ Famous Five back to their seats) Yes, yes! I know! Outrageous! Despicable! (Pauses) But I have got an assembly to put on here!
(Exit Famous Five)
Around 20 minutes reading time – not including music.
Other scripts are written specifically on books – Roald Dahl Assembly & Great British Writers Assembly; and there is a Key Stage One version of this script – only featuring obviously a totally different selection of books (25!) for the younger reader.