Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with this idea for a classroom theater production!
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: When Uptown Mouse visits his cousin in the country, he finds the rustic surroundings and simple ways unappealing. He invites his cousin to come with him to the city, promising that Country Mouse will never want to return. But the city has its unappealing aspects as well, and in the end, both mice find that home is truly where you make it.
Roles: Narrator, Uptown Mouse, Country Mouse, Woman, Man
Setting: present day, the country and the city
Props: No props are required, but a student may make the sound of a "threatening cat" if desired.
Share a few real estate ads from newspapers, flyers, or online research. Discuss how such advertisements highlight the benefits of living in different locations. Invite students to write and illustrate an ad for the home of one of the mice in the story. What are the plusses to living in the city or country? How might the negatives -- such as rustic surroundings or feline neighbors -- be turned into positives to create a more enticing listing?
Read four versions of the classic fable the Town Mouse and Country Mouse in this site by Professor D. L. Ashliman.
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Cara Bafile
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