Under the Freedom Tree: A Readers Theater

Susan VanHecke's Under the Freedom Tree is transformed into a 12-part readers theatre script appropriate for a performance by upper-elementary classes.

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Instructional Ideas

  • While other class members are creating the Emancipation Oak tree, have actors fashion a hat that identifies their role
  • Consider concluding the exercise with the whole class singing an emancipation song like "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" or "Go Down Moses"
Pros

  • Included in the packet are tips for getting started, background for the story, and the complete script
  • A link to an educator's guide is provided
Cons

  • None