Your students will love this collection of 34 stories from around the world! In small groups, students may create short plays based on the stories. Older students can practice playwriting skills by transposing these stories into script form. The stories are set up on the pages so that they are easy to print, cut apart and assign to groups.
Example of a story from around the world:
The Lion and the Rabbit- A Story from India
3 Players (Narrator, Lion, Rabbit)
Once upon a time, there was a ferocious lion that killed for pleasure. One day, the animals of the forest got together and made a bargain with the lion. It was agreed that one animal each day would willingly come to the ferocious lion’s den to be his supper and, in turn, the lion would never hunt again. The first to go to the lion’s den was a timid rabbit, who went slowly.
“Why are you late?” the lion roared when the rabbit arrived.
“I’m late because of the other lion,” said the rabbit.
“In my jungle? Take me to this other lion.”
The rabbit led the lion to a deep well and told him to look in. The lion saw his own reflection in the water and roared! The sound of his roar bounced right back at him as an echo.
“I alone am king of this jungle,” he roared again.
His echo answered him, “I alone am king of this jungle.”
With that, the lion became so enraged, he charged into the deep well with a great splash! The lion attacked his own reflection and was never heard from again.