By Susan Taylor Brown
"In early 1836, hassle broke out in Texas. Texas used to be a part of Mexico, but lots of its settlers desired to struggle for independence. Mexican normal Santa Anna and his military got here to conflict the Texans in San Antonio on the Alamo. Eight-year-old Enrique Esparza witnessed the conflict. His father was once a soldier with the Texas military. the total Esparza kinfolk had taken take care of on the Alamo, yet they knew it would be risky. could they continue to exist? behind this publication, you will find a script and directions for placing on a reader's theater functionality of this experience.
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DURING THE PERFORMANCE • Keep your script away from your face but high enough to read: If you cover your face with your script, you block your voice from the audience. If you have your script too low, you need to tip your head down farther to read it and the audience won’t be able to hear you. • Use eye contact: Good Reader’s Theater performers look at the audience as much as they look at their scripts. If you look down, the sound of your voice goes down to the script and not out to the audience.
If you look down, the sound of your voice goes down to the script and not out to the audience. • Speak clearly: Make sure you are loud enough. Say all your words carefully. Be sure not to read too quickly. Remember, if you feel nervous, you may start to speak faster than usual. • Use facial expressions and gestures: Your facial expressions and gestures (hand movements) help the audience know how your character is feeling. If your character is happy, smile. If your character is angry, cross your arms and be sure not to smile.
Enrique tried his best to stand up straight and tall like his father. ” asked Santa Anna. Enrique’s mother looked very brave as she spoke. ” 29 30 Enrique felt cold fill his heart. His father was dead. ” asked Santa Anna. ” Santa Anna nodded and then gave Enrique’s mother a blanket and two silver dollars. ” He waved her away. There was nothing Enrique could do. He clenched his hands tightly at his side and stared at the man who killed his father. He would never forget the face of Santa Anna. It would haunt him the rest of his life, even years later when Texas and all the Tejanos were free from Mexico.