Aesop Fables -The Jay and the Peacocks – Guided Reading Script or Play – Readers Theater (Cast of 6, around 10 minutes reading time)
plus lesson plan including teaching input, synopsis, guided reading script, discussion points and suggestions for further work.
Lesson: Around 20 – 30 minutes
Aesop Fables -The Jay and the Peacocks. The script can be used either as a guided reading script (6 readers) or as a mini-performance (cast of 6) and could be used either in a Literacy or PSHE class (owing to the life lessons contained within the text).
Jay: Your idea of fashion might be a bit different from us birds. But it’s all done for the same effect!
Peacock: And effective it is, right? I mean, do we look good or do we look good?
Narrator: Oh dear! Nothing like blowing your own trumpet! Some might think you were just a bit too showy!
Jay: Well, they sure impressed me! I couldn’t take my eyes off them. It was really hard to drag myself away, back to my dull nest and dull family.
Teacher: Ooh! That’s not a very nice thing to say!
Jay: I know. But I was so dazzled by all that colour that I had seen, I could think of nothing else. All I wanted was to be like those peacocks.
Pupil 1: Crazy!
Pupil 2: Absurd!
Teacher: You two think so? Now let me just remind you what your little argument was about!
Pupil 1: Argument?
Pupil 2: Well, it wasn’t exactly an argument. He (pointing to Pupil 1) just didn’t like me calling him a sheep!
Jay: A sheep?
Peacock: Why on earth would he call you a sheep?
Jay: You don’t look anything like a sheep!
Peacock: Even us, with the bird brains, can see that!
Teacher: Perhaps I should explain to you, birds, about our rich language – where we compare ourselves to animals. Not always in the most flattering light!
Pupil 1: Nobody likes to be called a sheep!
Jay: Because they’re white?
Peacock: Not very colourful?
Pupil 2: No. Because they are herd animals and just do as everyone else does.
Jay: You mean, they just follow the crowd?
Pupil 2: Exactly.
Peacock: Huh! You call us bird-brains! That’s even worse!
Aesop Fables currently available from www.oldsite.plays-r-ussell.com:
· The Fox and the Stork
· The Lion and the Mouse
· The Tortoise and the Hare
· The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
· The Jay and the Peacocks
These all come in the same format i.e. as 6 speaker script with lesson plan including teaching input, synopsis, discussion points and suggestions for further work