Readers’ Theater: Ancient Egypt

Your students will have a blast while learning about ancient Egypt with these readers' theater plays!

Readers’ theater plays are a great way to get your middle school social studies students excited about history while working on their reading skills! Keep reading to learn more about the ones I wrote about Ancient Egypt.

My Ancient Egypt readers’ theater plays (which are also available as part of my Ancient Egypt Complete Unit and Assessment) allow your students to put themselves into the shoes of a variety of ancient Egyptians.  They will learn how to make a mummy from the point of view of a brand new (and very squeamish) assistant, find King Tut’s tomb through the eyes of famed Egyptologist Howard Carter, and, finally, learn how to build a pyramid through the eyes of a very work-adverse teenager.

Each part in each readers’ theater play is written at a specific reading level so students can be assigned “just right” parts based on their individual reading level (some elementary teachers use these plays as a way for their students to practice fluency which is something our lowest middle school readers could also use help with). This allows students at all reading levels to access the content without the fear of struggling to read things above their abilities out loud.

I use readers’ theater plays in each of my World History units (for example, CLICK HERE to check out a post about my Mesopotamian ones) and love watching my students have fun and really get into their roles – especially those students who you wouldn’t expect to thrive acting things out with their peers.

In my class, these plays are performed by groups of four at their tables so everyone in the class can participate in each play. I also have my students respond to a brief writing prompt after each play to deepen the connections they make.

Your students will have a blast while learning about ancient Egypt with these readers' theater plays!
Your students will have a blast while learning about ancient Egypt with these readers' theater plays!