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Award-winning playwright Wim Coleman’s first volume of classroom plays range from an updated story of Cervantes’ immortal Knight of the Mournful Figure to the Mexican legend of La Llorona. While specifically written to be read aloud by students in the classroom, these short plays are also suitable for Readers Theater or full theatrical production. They're reproducible and royalty-free.
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  • Don Quixote in Hollywood
    inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote
  • The Lost World
    adapted from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves
    an original play about a great Native American
  • The Sea Cook
    adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
  • La Llorona
    inspired by a Mexican legend

105 Reading Comprehension Questions105 reading comprehension questions
Questions beside the main text cover details and main ideas, vocabulary in context, figurative language, inferences (in multiple-choice test-prep style) and include discussion prompts.

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"With notes offering insight for teachers to help explain the stories and in an easy-to-reproduce format, "Classroom Plays" is a fine choice …."
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Coming Soon— Volume 2
The Drinking Gourd, a story of the Underground Railroad
The Pardoner’s Tale, adapted from Geoffrey Chaucer’s
.....The Canterbury Tales
My Sprig of Lilac, a play about Abraham Lincoln
The Clouds, based on the comedy by Aristophanes
The Last Days of Socrates, based on writings by Plato

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  • one play was a 2007 finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers

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Writers Digest awardWim Coleman's most recent award: 6th Place in the Stage Play category of the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.


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The Poe Hoax, by Wim Coleman
The Poe Hoax, free classroom playEdgar Allan Poe is not remembered for his sense of humor—which is a shame, because he did have one. A prankish sense of humor it was, too. In 1844, he wrote a story for a New York newspaper relating the first powered balloon voyage across the Atlantic. All of New York went wild with the news. There was just one problem; Poe had made the entire story up. This original play, "a made-up story that really happened," tells how Poe put over his hoax.

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Stranded, by Wim Coleman
Stranded, free classroom playAround the beginning of the 19th century, a Swiss pastor named Johann David Wyss wrote stories about a family of castaways to entertain and educate his children. Later, his son Johann Rudolf Wyss brought these tales together into a classic novel, The Swiss Family Robinson, first published in 1812. Wim’s free adaptation takes place in today’s world; the Robinsons are stranded after their private plane crashes on a desert island.
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Reader's Theater plays for school and community groups.
Nine Muses
by Wim Coleman includes Greek and Roman myths: Pandora, Phaeton and the Sun Chariot, Demeter and Persephone, Orpheus and Eurydice, Eros and Psyche, The Apple of Discord, Odysseus and the Sirens, Proteus, Prometheus Unbound
. These plays are popular for competitions and productions and can also be used for Readers Theater presentations.

Stages of History by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin includes stories about Deborah Champion, Queen Elizabeth I, Sacagawea, Davy Crockett, Santa Anna, John Sutter, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman. Lost Colony, the Revolutionary War, Sacagawea, Alamo, California Gold Rush, Underground Railroad, 1856), Civil War, Kansas homesteaders.

Classroom Plays by Wim Coleman includes Don Quixote in Hollywood, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, The Lost World, adapted from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sequoyah and His Talking Leaves, an original play about a great Native American, The Sea Cook, adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, La Llorona, inspired by a Mexican legend. These plays are popular for middle school and high school classrooms and productions.

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