By Lois Lewis
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: A turkey proposes a new law that would change a Thanksgiving tradition.
Roles: Narrators 1-2, Senators 1-4, Trevor, Tonya, and Teddy Turkey, Reporters 1-2, Spectators 1-2, Television Reporter
Setting: Present day, a few weeks before Thanksgiving.
Props: (Optional) long table or several desks placed next to each other in row; chairs; a gavel or something to represent a gavel, such as a toy hammer, for Senator 1; toy microphones or student-drawn paper microphones for Reporters 1-2 and Television Reporter; store-bought or student-drawn feathers for Trevor, Tonya, and Teddy Turkey.
Explain the meaning of the term "point of view." Ask students to find examples of a turkey's point of view about Thanksgiving in the play. Then organize students into small groups to complete the Education World Writing Bug A Turkey's Last Plea. Print and distribute a copy of the writing activity to each group. When completed, invite groups to read their stories to the class.
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Article by Lois Lewis
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