SERIAL STORIES / FEATURES & READERS THEATER
NEW - LITTLE BIG STORY BOOK
Little Big Story Book (Zip file with DOC files & Art)
This collection of stories was donated by The Strait Times newspaper of Singapore for use by teachers and students in the classroom.
The stories chosen are classis legends, myths, fables and folklore from around the world rewritten as modern news or feature stories. Young readers and adults will enjoy reading the likes of William Shakespeare’s MacBeth and Hamlet and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein in a modern news format.
But these stories are not just good yarns. They touch the soul, nourish the mind, and give readers a better sense of their place in the world. By sharing about the plots and characters readers can make the stories a part of their lives.
NEW - HUNDRED DOLLAR CAT
Hundered Dollar Cat by by Frances Milburn (Zip file with Story, Guide & Art) - PDF File with Half-Page Layouts
(Donated by Dawn McBride, Watertown Daily Times) When Ben accidentally is given the wrong change ($100 instead of a $10 bill) by a cashier at Toppers, he pockets the money. Ben is deep in thought about the $100 on the way home when his mom hits a darting cat in the road. At his insistence, they take the injured, scruffy cat to the vet and decide to go ahead with surgery, even though it is expensive. While waiting for word on the cat, Ben again returns to thoughts of the money. Should he buy a much desired new soccer ball? Tell his mom what happened? Help pay for the cat’s surgery?
NEW - THE AWESOME DUO
The Awesome Duo by J.R. "Dick Fitch, Kerrville Daily Times NIE (DOC) - PDF File with Half-Page Layouts
Three sixth grade classes in an elementary school, encouraged by their teachers, decide to put on a talent show for the entire school at a Friday assembly. The 62 students, using the democratic process, vote on decisions with majority rule on what they would do, who would perform, who would design and build sets, and who would do makeup and wardrobe, promotion. Jimmy, the emcee, and Jesse, his able assistant, guided the show smoothly through the ten acts. Together they were sensational and became the Awesome Duo. Art - Large 43MB ZIP file
NEW - THE LITTLE MERMAID
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen (DOC) (PDF)
This is the original story with only slight editing. Teachers and students will enjoy comparing & contrasting the original tale with the modern story they are familiar with. The story has sequences and an ending that will surprise students. Art - ZIP file with beautiful art for each chapter
GREAT AMERICAN WRITERS SERIALS
What makes these serial stories so unique is that each takes place at the newspaper and/or involves newspaper characters, reporters, editors, pressmen and others. That makes them a perfect tie-in with the use of the newspaper in the classroom.
Each great American author is required reading for nearly every student (Twain is the most widely read author by students). This provides teachers the opportunity to introduce these great authors and their backgrounds to their students before moving onto each authors more famous and expansive works.
Each story takes place in the past between 1850 and the early 1900's, which makes their setting, plot, and vernacular a perfect fit for teachers to incorporate them in teaching state standards in U.S. history, geography and other social sciences as well as many English standards related to reading, writing and the study of genres.
Adventures of a Boy Reporter by Harry Steele Morrison
In this 15-chapter serial a young country boy makes good at a major New York City newspaper breaking sensational stories. He traveling to the Philippines to report on the Spanish-American War where he’s captured by the rebels, escapes, and then helps lead the American troops after the rebels and to victory.
Gallegher, A Newspaper Story by Richard Harding Davis
This exciting 13-chapter serial story details the exploits of Gallegher, a newspaper boy turned young detective. Students will enjoy tagging along with Gallegher as he solves the case. Art 1 / Art 2 / Art 3
Great American Writers Series by Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, and O. Henry
The Great American Writers Series consist of seven entertaining short stories by Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe and O. Henry comprising 20-chapters total. Each chapter is 700-800 words and may be compiled to create a serial of one to twenty chapters, as you may need. Art is included for most chapters. Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, Art 4, Art 5, Art 6, Art 7, Art 8, Art 9, Art 10
The First Newspaper. A Sort of Allegory by Stephen Leacock
An amusing 4-chapter serial that tells the allegorical story of the very first newspaper, how it came to be, and how the standards for journalism were set.
The Red Cross Girl by Richard Harding Davis
This heartwarming 13-chapter serial involves a reporter and a mysterious young nurse, or so he thinks. The story takes some interesting twists ending in the reporter’s nuptials with the mystery girl. Art 1 - Art 2
The Reporter That Made Himself King by Richard Harding Davis
This amusing 20-chapter serial involves a reporter that ends up as king of a mysterious island kingdom, and in the process starts an international incident. Art 1 - Art 2
SERIAL STORIES & FEATURES
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This classic story has been serialized, in partnership with Reading is Fundamental, as 12-chapters pre-formatted to half-page broadsheet size. The original art is included with each chapter. A teacher guide is included. It is available in PDF and Quark (upon request) formats.
Ben Franklin - Serial Story (DOC, no images) and Tabloid Supplement (PDF)
This story about Ben Franklin employs narrative writing and storytelling. It also includes information about Ben Franklin, obtained through extensive research. The author, Elizabeth Whitehead (Times Stones Series of American Heroes), invites young readers to connect to the text with narrators Sam and Isabel as they comment on different aspects of Ben Franklin’s life. A teacher guide has been generously provided by Detroit Newspapers. Also try the Ben Bingo Game (Quark files & images available by request.) Also download: Teacher Guide, Ben Bingo Game, Ben Bingo Cards & Images (large, compressed file)
Civil War Series provides a dozen authentic serial stories, 52 chapters total, from Harper's Weekly newspaper written between 1861 and 1865. Original hand-drawn images accompany each story. The stories provide a moving and genuine glimpse into the many aspects of war and life during the Civil War. Full Text DOC and Full Text PDF
14th At Gettysburg - 3 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, Art 4
Black-Eyed Smuggler - 2 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2
Colonel Charley's Wife - 5 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, Art 4, Art 5
Devil's Frying Pan -7 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2
In Charleston - 4 chapters DOC, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3
Little Starlight - 4 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2
Lula's Letter - 3 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3
On The Antietam - 2 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2
On The Kentucky Border - 7 chapters,DOC, Art 1, Art 2
Scout's Narration - 4 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, Art 4
Tippoo Saib - 7 chapters, DOC, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3
Two Days With Mosby - 4 chapters DOC, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Eleven short stories, 23 parts total, with art images in color and/or black & white with each story. Download the file: MS Word DOC, PDF
How The Whale Got His Throat, 1 Part – Art 1, Art 2
How The Camel Got His Hump, 1 Part – Art 1
How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin, 1 Part – Art 1 Color, Art 2
How The Leopard Got His Spots, 2 Parts – Art 1 Color, Art 2
The Elephant's Child, 2 Parts – Art 1 Color, Art 2 Color, Art 3
The Sing-Song Of Old Man Kangaroo, 1 Part, – Art 1
The Beginning Of The Armadillos, 2 Parts – Art 1, Art 2
How The First Letter Was Written, 3 Parts – Art 1, Art 2
The Crab That Played With The Sea, 3 Parts – Art 1 Color, Art 2 Color, Art 3
The Cat That Walked By Himself, 4 Parts – Art 1, Art 2, Art 3
The Butterfly That Stamped, 3 Parts – Art 1, Art 2
Just So Stories Streaming Audio Online:
FREE MP3 files of each story can be downloaded or played to listen to while reading the stories at:
Windows Media Audio: http://www.stationcrafts.net/footnotes/pages/kipling.htm
Other format: http://bigbible.org/children/justso.htm
Let's Read - 20 colorful NCLB/Reading First lesson plans that can be run in-paper as a NIE feature or serial.
Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
These fanciful Greek myths are retold in a half realistic and half fanciful tone. Beautiful hand etched black and white art by Nathaniel Hawthorne and full color illustrations by Edmund Dulac and Virginia Frances Sterrett from the golden age of illustrations period in the 1920s are provided. (Complete Tales DOC)
Circe’s Palace (DOC - 10-parts) (ZIP - Compressed Art)
Dragon’s Teeth (DOC - 11-parts) (ZIP - Compressed Art)
The Golden Fleece (DOC - 13-parts) (ZIP - Compressed Art)
The Minotaur (DOC - 10-parts) (ZIP - Compressed Art)
The Pomegranate Seeds (DOC - 11-parts) (ZIP - Compressed Art)
The Pygmies (DOC - 6-parts) (ZIP - Compressed Art)
Whistle Through The Rocks - 13 Chapter serial story with lesson activities. Donated by the Roanoke (VA) Times.
READER'S THEATER SERIALS
A primary principle of Readers Theater is to "dramatize" literature in classroom performance and to provide a visual and oral stimulus to students who are unaccustomed to using imagination to appreciate literary texts. Readers Theater may be used to enhance the critical study of language; to explore author meaning or point of view; to promote reading, writing, and listening skills; and to display creative talents of student performers. (Readers Theatre: An Introduction to Classroom Performance, Ratliff,-Gerald-Lee.) It enhances language arts by integrating thinking, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills.
Readers Theatre is a highly motivational strategy that connects oral reading, literature, and drama in the classroom. Readers Theatre introduces the element of drama into literacy learning and magically transforms the classroom into a stage. Read more at: http://www.readingonline.org/electronic/carrick/
Readers Theater can address nearly all state language arts standards and can be adapted for use in elementary, middle and high school, and for ELL and struggling students.
For NIE programs Reader’s Theater Serials may be run in-paper just like regular serial stories.
The Acorn Planter by Jack London (DOC)
(ZIP–Compressed Art Folder) (Copyright/Credit line for images)
The Acorn Planter play has been adapted for reader’s theater in 8 chapters of 1,000-1,200 words each. It features the fictional Nishinam tribe and their eventual encounter with explorers. Inspiring Indian images are from the Library of Congress.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (DOC) (ZIP – Compressed Art Folder)
The famous ghostly story of Christmas has been adapted for reader’s theater by Rick Swallow. It was further adapted into 17 chapters for enacting in class on multiple days during the Christmas season. Original images in both color and black and white are provided.
Cinderella (DOC) (ZIP – Compressed Art Folder)
The classic tale of rags to riches adapted for reader’s theater performance (3 chapters). Wonderful color images are provided.
East of the Sun West of the Moon (DOC) (Art)
Aadapted for readers theater from a classic Norwegian folk tale (5 chapters).
Hansel and Gretel (DOC) (Art)
The Grimm’s Fairy Tale favorite adapted for reader’s theater by Rich Swallow (3 chapters).
Online Reader's Theater Teacher Guides and Resources
Reader’s Theater Newspaper Lessons
Readers Theatre Assignment and Assessment Form
KNIGHT RIDDER PRODUCTIONS SERIES
Help students understand our basic rights and freedoms. The six units are: Bill of Rights, Citizenship, Congress, Pledge of Allegiance, Veteran’s Day, and We the People.
Fitness Adds Up
Inform students about of the benefits of exercise and a healthy diet. The six units are: Keep the (heart) Beat, Added Value (additives), Exercise Your Life, Looking at Labels, Put Down the Joystick, and Got a Problem.
Fuel for Thought
Students learn about fuels like coal, oil, natural gas, and others and how we can conserve them (12 units).
It's a Free Country
Discusses the value of freedom, freedom with restrictions, political freedom, freedom of the press, First Amendment rights, and economic freedom.
Law in Your Life
Covers how laws affect students, including searching private property at school such as backpacks, free speech and the Internet, testing for drugs on the team, expanding the right to vote, and dress codes.
Life Skills - Communication, Consumerism, Education, Finance, Health Care, Nutrition
This bilingual English/Spanish feature discussed life skills in communication, consumerism, education, finances, health care, and nutrition (6 units on each topic, 36 total).
Real Cost of Living
Students learn that life on their own is cool, but expensive. Six units provide a reality check on issues of getting a job, cost of living, housing, life without parental support, transportation, and life’s wildcards.
This 4-unit series spells out how kids can stay safe and healthy in their home, school, neighborhood, as well as from strangers (grades 2-5).
Vocab Lab - Units 1-12, Units 13-24
Reading comes to life in these 24 units of Vocab Lab! With a little energy and the right ingredients—including the newspaper—parents can transform non-readers into readers.
We the Jury
Students discover the purpose of a jury, when they can serve on a jury, and how a jury works (4 units).