Podcasts & Videos

Here’s a host of my scripts enacted by students. 

Reader’s Theater Performances:

Argument at Mount Rushmore, available on TeachersPayTeachers

Nikolai Gogol’s classic short story, The Nose, from Read Aloud Plays: Classic Short Stories

How Jackie Robinson Saved the World, available on TeachersPayTeachers. Performed by students from the Baker Montessori School of Houston.

Freedom for the First Time, available on Etsy 

The Girl Who Got Arrested (Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice play), available on Etsy.

The Library Card: The Autobiography of Richard Wright, based on the book, Black Boy, and the picture book, Richard Wright and the Library Card, available on Etsy.

Video Performances:

I Have A Dream: The Childhood of Martin Luther King, and The Ruby Bridges Story, performed by the Palace Theater for Black History Month 2021, both available  on Etsy.

The Monkey’s Paw–Be careful what you wish for in W.W. Jacobs’ gothic classic. A standard for middle schoolers, this play will help them make sense of the original text. From the April 23, 2012, issue of Scope, and available at TeachersPayTeachers.

The Birth-mark–From the Jan. 2013 issue of Scholastic’s Scope magazine and now available on TeachersPayTeachers, Nathanial Hawthorne’s classic short story about life’s little imperfections–and a mad scientist!

Cyclops vs OdysseusWatch this video to see how engaging this kid-friendly version from Homer’s Odyssey can be. Available via TeachersPayTeachers.

Stolen Childhoods–View our multi-media presentation of Worked to the Bone, which focuses on photographer Lewis Hine’s Depression-era crusade to end child labor. Students recorded the audio of the play and coordinated it with a photo montage of Hine’s powerful photography.

A Christmas Carol–Among my greatest achievements as an educator was working with my students to create this sixteen minute holiday movie based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol using merely a Flip video camera and Movie Maker editing software. We used the script version from Read Aloud Plays: Classic Short Stories, which features a variety of role reversals including a female Scrooge. We also modernized it to make it easier to establish settings and added a few parts and lines so that all thirty of my students could participate. This video not only gives you a preview of the play, but will hopefully encourages you to take your classroom drama to new levels. Both versions of the play are on my TeachersPayTeachers store.

The Newsies–Another of my career highlights. My fifth graders created this musical based on my Newsies play. 

Still More Performances:

Also available on my TeachersPayTeachers store

Odysseus v Cyclops,

Escape from the Blacking House

Gabriel Grub

Rikki Tiki Tavi

Lewis & Clark and Bird Girl

How the Elephant Got its Trunk

Fly Me to the Moon

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Also available on Etsy

Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth

The Cardiff Giant

How-to Videos

Special Interest Podcasts:

Using Reader’s Theater to Teach Fluency From the International Society for Technology in Education’s blog, Literacy Special Interest, this interview with Mack covers some of the brain research behind reader’s theater and other topics. Mack was selected for the interview based on his work as both a practicing teacher and the author of dozens of plays for Scholastic.

The Checkbook Project. This podcast interview with Mack is from Talking Fin Lit, a blog sponsored by McGraw-Hill. It provides a host of information about the benefits of using The Checkbook Project in the classroom.

Unless otherwise indicated, all plays performed by fifth grade students from Central Point Elementary

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