Enrique Esparza and the Battle of the Alamo (History Speaks: by Susan Taylor Brown

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 full Esparza kin had taken defend on the Alamo, yet they knew it would be harmful. may they live on? at the back of this publication, you can find a script and directions for placing on a reader's theater functionality of this event.

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Phrasing and inflection, two important reading skills, are at the heart of Reader’s Theater. Students also develop public speaking skills such as volume, pacing, and facial expression. The traditional format of Reader’s Theater is very simple. There really is no right or wrong way to do it. By following these few tips, you and your students will be ready to explore the world of Reader’s Theater. EQUIPMENT Location: A theater or gymnasium is a fine place for a Reader’s Theater performance, but staging the performance in the classroom works well too.

Some men were so tired they fell asleep while guarding the fort. NARRATOR 1: After twelve long days and nights, the attacks stopped. ENRIQUE: Mother, it’s so quiet. Maybe the fighting is done. NARRATOR 1: Suddenly, a terrible noise exploded into the darkness. SOUND: [guns and cannons] ANITA: Gregorio, wake up. Santa Anna’s soldiers have jumped the wall! NARRATOR 2: Santa Anna’s soldiers tore through the fort. They fired everywhere. They threw open the door to the chapel. Enrique felt sick. He wondered if he was about to die.

Supplies were running low. The Texas soldiers were almost out of ammunition. Everyone was hungry and thirsty. Some men were so tired they fell asleep while guarding the fort. NARRATOR 1: After twelve long days and nights, the attacks stopped. ENRIQUE: Mother, it’s so quiet. Maybe the fighting is done. NARRATOR 1: Suddenly, a terrible noise exploded into the darkness. SOUND: [guns and cannons] ANITA: Gregorio, wake up. Santa Anna’s soldiers have jumped the wall! NARRATOR 2: Santa Anna’s soldiers tore through the fort.

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