13 short plays about significant American heroes
Anne Siebert, with illustrations by Marilynne K. Roach
A text for upper elementary through adult classes
"I teach adult basic education through Rend Lake College. My class has
read Celebrating American Heroes by Anne Siebert. My students took
parts and read the plays aloud. They loved every one of the plays and
the true/false questions, vocabulary, etc. The book was a big hit.
I thought you'd like to know."
--Mary Judith Kelly
Celebrating - Celebrating American Heroes. I like it. It's like jazz chants,
but history. Like jazz chants, but better."
--Overheard, one teacher to another at TESOL Vancouver:
13 brief plays about significant historical figures, American heroes. They
are written to be read aloud dramatically. In each play there are a few main
characters and a chorus. The heroes are Betsy Ross and George
Washington; Dolley Madison; Sacagawea; Harriet Beecher Stowe;
Abraham Lincoln; Thomas Alva Edison; John Muir; Jackie Robinson; Jonas
Salk; Robert Frost; Cesar Chavez; Astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and
Collins; and Jaime Escalante.
Why These Plays Work
There is minimal preparation required.
The content is meaningful. Students learn about American history and
culture while they learn the language.
The stories are upbeat and inspiring. The subjects of the plays are real
heroes. All have achieved something and contributed to making this a
better nation. All have had something to overcome.
The plays are excellent ways to introduce or reinforce specific social
studies or history topics. They fit well in citizenship classes and are
wonderful for holiday or multicultural celebrations. They are also an
excellent complement to conversation, pronunciation, and speech classes
because the students get the opportunity to practice the natural rhythm,
stress, and intonation of the English language.
They are well suited for multilevel classes. The more proficient students
enjoy the challenge of the speaking roles; the less confident get speaking
practice as part of the chorus. Everybody shines.
The plays are a low-anxiety activity. There is nothing to memorize.
The students get support by holding the script in their hands, and they can
also be seated if they choose.
The follow-up activities and exercises in the Teacher's Guide are an
excellent supplement to performing the play. The students can work at
their own pace to complete them.
Other books by Anne Siebert
Heroes from American History
Plays for the Holidays