A Complete History of the Olympic Games Guided Reading Scripts plus quizzes – set of 8 scripts
plus quizzes, for £20 – this is the original set of 6 from Ancient to 2004 plus two updates of 2008 and 2012.
A Complete History of the Olympic Games. Find out about the amazing stars of the Olympics, right back to Ancient times. Read about triumph and tragedy, elation and despair – it’s all there in stories that range from totally unbelievable to just plain bizarre!
This collection, however, not only covers the stories of the stars but also the stories of nations – and their struggle on the world scene. In the perfect world, sport would be totally separate from world events and divisions – but not so in real life. So we find many ‘stars’ caught up in issues totally beyond their control – and in some cases, with tragic circumstances. But against all the odds, man proves himself again and again incredibly resilient, proudly living up to the motto of the Olympic Games : “Citius, Altius, Fortius” – Faster, Higher, Stronger.
Play 1: The Olympics – Ancient and Modern
‘Ancient’: Sostratos (wrestler/boxer)
Kallipateira (boxer’s mother)
History of the Olympic Games Sample Text:
Leonidas: First there was a one length of the stadium sprint. Then two, and then the long-distance race of 20 to 24 lengths. I was champion of all three races at 4 different Games, so I was something of a hero in my home city of Rhodes!
Gymnast: I wonder what your people would have thought about a race of 26 miles and run by women!
Leonidas: (in disbelief) Never! 26 miles? Run by women? You’ll be telling me next the whole world can compete!
Rower: It can and does! Absolutely nobody barred!
Leonidas: And what about the winners? No, don’t tell me. You’re going to tell me there was more than one winner to each race?!
Swimmer: Well, in a way I suppose you’re right! We do award first, second and third places!
Kallipateira: What? With small, medium and large wreaths?
Gymnast: No! With gold, silver and bronze medals!
Play 2: Modern Olympics 1896 – 1912
Athletes from: France, America, Great Britain, Greece, Sweden
Play 3: Modern Olympics 1920 – 1936 (Impact of 2 world wars)
Athletes from: Belgium, France, Netherlands, USA, Germany
Play 4: Modern Olympics 1948 – 1964 (End of World Wars – The Soviet Union joins the Games)
Athletes from: Britain, Finland, Australia, Italy, Japan
Play 5: Modern Olympics 1968 – 1984 (Tragedy & Triumph)
Athletes from: Mexico, West Germany, Canada, U.S.S.R., U.S.A.
Play 6: Modern Olympics 1988 – 2004 (To the Future)
Athletes from: South Korea, Spain, U.S.A., Australia, Greece
Plus 2 Updates
Plays 7 and 8 have been added, at the end, as updates (available off www.oldsite.plays-r-ussell.com as separate scripts)
Play 7 Beijing 2008
Play 8 London 2012