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Brown v. Board of Education Re-Enactment

Celebrate Law Day and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education throughout May with a re-enactment using a readers theater presentation that gives voice to some of the little-known but historic figures involved in the case.

About These Resources

What is readers theater? It is a dramatic reading of a prepared script as if it were a stage play, however, there are no costumes, props, or actions. Instead, volunteers use expressive voices and gestures to add interest and meaning to the story line. Participants hold their own copy of the script and read their respective parts so that everyone in the audience can hear. They do not memorize their lines. The emphasis is on comprehension and student-centered learning.

How to Use These Resources

Assignments: The teacher gives each speaker a scripted part to read.

Speaking Parts: Twelve students have speaking parts. One speaker is a student greeter and another is a narrator. All others are historical characters (e.g. Thurgood Marshall, Chief Justice Earl Warren).

Practice: The historical figure practices his/her lines with a partner prior to the re-enactment.

Performance: Students take their places at assigned spots where they stand to speak.

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