Occupations-Short Scenes for Early Readers

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Ten short scenes about different jobs for early readers or English language learners. Each script is one page in length. Sight words and rhyming make scenes easy and fun to read.

Are you working with very young children, early readers, English language learners, or students with learning challenges? These short scenes for pairs offer an excellent way to help students become familiar with play scripts, practice reading, and become more confident with reading aloud.

We have several collections of these scenes on Drama Notebook. Here are more:

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Fable and Folk Tale Scenes

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About the Playwright:

Jennifer Reif has been teaching, directing, and performing around the Pacific Northwest for decades. Her shelves are lined with children’s books and her happy place is in the woods. She loves devising theatre projects with kids and sharing creative ideas with teachers. Jennifer holds her BA in Theatre from Morningside College and also studied at Oxford University in England.

Sample Scene:


WAITER: Hello Chef.

CHEF: Hello Waiter.

WAITER: What is the special today?

CHEF: Do you mean what is the daily special?

WAITER: Yes, that is what I mean.

CHEF: The daily special is mac and cheese.

WAITER: Oh, I love mac and cheese!

CHEF: My mac and cheese is the best in town.

WAITER: What makes it so good?

CHEF: I use a secret ingredient.

WAITER: Is it pepper?


WAITER: Is it pickles?


WAITER: Is it pineapple?


WAITER: What is it?

CHEF: Can you keep a secret?


CHEF: My secret ingredient is cheese.

WAITER: Cheese is not a secret.

CHEF: Shhhh!

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