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Where's the Boss?
A Scripted Play About the Iditarod

 

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Subjects

Arts & Humanities
  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Visual Arts
Social Studies
  • Current Events
  • Regions/Cultures

 

Grades

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

 

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Brief Description

This "Readers Theater" script tells the story of one musher and his loyal sled dog team.

 

Objectives

Students will
  • understand the concept of teamwork shared by mushers and their sled dogs by reading Where's the Boss? by Lois Harter.
  • perform a "Reader's Theater" version of Where's the Boss?, adapted by teacher Cassandra Wilson with the permission of the author. (Reader's Theater is when children read the script with expression rather than memorizing their parts. This is a good activity for students who are shy, for English learners, and for those with learning disabilities.)
  • make hats and sets for the Reader's Theater production.
  • read with expression.

Keywords

Iditarod, Reader's Theater, play, script, musher, dog, Alaska, winter, teamwork

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

Cassandra Wilson, a fourth-grade teacher at Applegate Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, was the 2003 Teacher on the Trail (TOTT). Wilson has adapted the children's book Where's the Boss? into a Reader's Theater script with parts for 10 students.

You might begin the lesson by reading Where's the Boss? to students; then arrange your class into two groups and have each prepare to perform the play.

See Cassandra Wilson's copies of the Where's the Boss? Reader's Theater script and its accompanying lesson plan. You might also read an article about a performance of the play by Wilson's students.

Extend the Lesson
Videotape students' performance of this Reader's Theater play. Make several copies of the video to send home on a rotating basis, so students can share the play with their families.

Assessment

Students write a journal entry to describe how they felt about being part of the Reader's Theater play, and what they learned about working as a team from the story and from being part of a group that put on the production.

Lesson Plan Source

Iditarod.com

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Theatre

NA-T.K-4.2NA-T.K-4.3NA-T.K-4.4NA-T.K-4.5
    GRADES K - 4
    Acting By Assuming Roles and Interacting In Improvisations
    Designing by Visualizing and Arranging Environments for Classroom Dramatizations
    Directing By Planning Classroom Dramatizations
    Researching By Finding Information to Support Classroom Dramatizations
NA-T.5-8.2NA-T.5-8.3NA-T.5-8.4NA-T.5-8.5
    GRADES 5 - 8
    Acting By Assuming Roles and Interacting In Improvisations
    Designing by Visualizing and Arranging Environments for Classroom Dramatizations
    Directing By Planning Classroom Dramatizations
    Researching By Finding Information to Support Classroom Dramatizations
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts NA-VA.K-4.1NA-VA.K-4.2NA-VA.K-4.6
    GRADES K - 4
    Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
    Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NA-VA.5-8.1NA-VA.5-8.2NA-VA.5-8.6
    GRADES 5 - 8
    Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
    Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
LANGUAGE ARTS: English NL-ENG.K-12.1NL-ENG.K-12.4NL-ENG.K-12.5NL-ENG.K-12.9NL-ENG.K-12.12
    GRADES K - 12
    Reading for Perspective
    Communication Skills
    Communication Strategies
    Multicultural Understanding
    Applying Language Skills

See more lessons in this week's Lesson Planning article Iditarod Brrrreathes Life Into Tired Curriculum (Brrrr!).

View additional lesson plans in the following articles from our archives:
* The Iditarod: The Last Great Race
* Iditarod Activities Across the Grades


Last updated 03/01/2012