• American History Time Travelers

Grades: 4-8


Running Time: 30 minutes


About: American History Time Travelers tells the story of U.S. history from before European settlement through the present day through comedy and modern pop music! All the major events are covered and so are your fifth grade state standards, as well as common core! The show focuses on a history teacher and her uninterested students, as she takes them through time to bring the events of U.S. History to life.


Topics covered: European exploration and colonization of America, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Cold War (as well as others), the role of Native Americans and African-Americans and the impact of American history on their lives, the structure of our Constitutional republic, the Civil Rights era, as well as all the other major steps along the way to today.


Kit includes: PDF Script, Performance & Accompaniment Music




This musical correlates with national/state standards in both a core content area, such as Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, or Science, as well as a Performing Arts area, such as Music or Theater. The songs of the play can also be used as a fun, informative teaching tool, without staging an actual production.


In addition to state Social Studies / History standards, this play addresses Common Core standards, such as using evidence to support statements and inferences, and relating ideas to a theme.

Read the FULL Script Online - click here!

CCSS

CCRA.L.6

Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

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CCRA.L.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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CCRA.SL.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

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CCRA.R.10

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

CCSS

L.5.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).

CCSS

L.4.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).

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L.4.5

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

CCSS

L.4.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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L.3.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).

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L.3.5c

Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).

CCSS

SL.5.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

CCSS

SL.4.6

Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g., presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion); use formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

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SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

CCSS

SL.3.6

Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.

CCSS

RF.5.4c

Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

CCSS

RF.5.4b

Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

CCSS

RF.5.4a

Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

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RF.5.4

Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

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RF.4.4c

Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

CCSS

RF.4.4b

Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

CCSS

RF.4.4a

Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

CCSS

RF.4.4

Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

CCSS

RF.3.4c

Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

CCSS

RF.3.4b

Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

CCSS

RF.3.4a

Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

CCSS

RF.3.4

Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

CCSS

RL.5.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

CCSS

RL.4.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

CCSS

RL.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Casting
Cast List:

  • TEACHER
  • STUDENTS 5
  • NATIVE AMERICAN 6
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON
  • THOMAS PAINE
  • KING GEORGE
  • MERIWETHER LEWIS
  • WILLIAM CLARK
  • THOMAS JEFFERSON
  • AFRICAN SLAVES 5
  • AFRICAN-AMERICANS 5
  • EUROPEAN EXPLORERS 8
  • COLONISTS 8
  • NORTHERNER 4
  • SOUTHERNERS 4
  •  JEFFERSON DAVIS
  • IMMIGRANTS 5
  • FRENCH SOLDIERS 5
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN
  • ANDREW JOHNSON
  • Note: Not all roles must be filled. Some roles require quick, simple costume change(i.e. taking off a hat and coat) for the actor to play another role in a different scene. The teacher may combine or separate other roles as well.

    American History Time Travelers

    • $25.00



    Tags: CoreDramatics