Readers’ Theatre: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

We have been focussing on using expression when reading as part of our CAFE reading program.

Using expression can mean changing:

  • rhythm – saying some parts slow and some parts fast.
  • pitch – making your voice go up and down. When you are asking a question, your voice goes up.
  • tone Β – changing the sound of your voice for different characters or different parts of the story.
  • volume – saying some words louder or softer makes them stand out.

Last week we looked at some readers’ theatre performances on Mr Salsich’s class blog. You can find them here. We also read a range of readers’ theatre scripts to practise using expression.

Readers’ theatre is like a play but you don’t have to memorise your lines, you just read them. Instead of using costumes, sets and props to act out your performance, you just use an expressive voice.

The 4KM and 4KJ students liked the way Mr Salsich’s class had performed their scripts so much, they wanted to create their own.

Below is our performance of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka.

Below is a copy of the script if you want to perform it yourself with your friends or classmates.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

If you do decide to perform the script, we’d love you to leave a comment and tell us about it!

What did you think of our performance?

Did you notice the students using expression?

What do you think about readers’ theatre?

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64 thoughts on “Readers’ Theatre: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

  1. Dear 4km and 4kj,

    WOW! Absolutely fabulous expression!
    I just recently read that same picture book. It’s a very creative story isn’t it?
    Personally when i was younger i liked the original three little pigs as my parents used to read it to me, but now that i am older i like this version more!
    Once again you had fantastic expression, and i loved listening to your voice performance of “The three little pigs”
    Hope to keep in touch.

    From your friend in Room 24,

    Brooke

    • Dear Brooke
      thank you for leaving a comment on our blog. WOW what a good post and the true story of the three little pigs were great
      When I was a little girl I used to love the three little pigs but this version is best version of the three little pigs.
      from your blogging buddy
      Maddy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • Dear Maddy,
        Thank you for leaving a great reply to Brooke.

        I also like this version better then the one we userly read.

        Bye for now
        Hannah. πŸ˜‰

  2. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    What a great post on the three little pigs! I thought the readers were fantastic.

    Well done to everybody who played a part in the play I tought you were all conferdent readers. I think Trent did a very good job of being the wolf because he talked differently.

    Your Blogging Buddy,

    Georgia

    • Dear Olivea,
      Wow, what a great comment.
      I have to say the readers were realy good.

      I also think Trent was a fantastic reader.

      Stay safe
      Hannah. πŸ˜‰

  3. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,
    wow! what a great post,
    I realy enjoyed listening to the people read. They all used great expression.

    Well done to everyone who did the play.
    I realy liked it when Trent was the walf and he said ” Mr Pig Mr Pig are you in?”

    When I was younger I used to love The Three Little Pigs, but I still do because of the way they read it.

    Bye for now
    Hannah. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ ^)

    • Dear Hannah,

      I agree everyone in the two classes are very good at reading with expression.I loved that everyone was performing the Readers Theatre with a beautiful clear voice.

      I have to say it has been fun performing Readers Theatre script’s.

      Well I have to go Homework to do.

      See you tomorrow Max πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • Dear Max,
        Wow, what a great comment.

        I have to say you were a great speaker. Everyone did great too.

        Bye I have to go do my homework too.
        Keep safe
        Hannah. πŸ˜‰

        • Dear Hannah,

          Thanks that’s very nice to say that I was a great speaker.I loved how Trent was using all different voices as well.Maybe we could more stories on the blog soon.

          Bye For Now Max πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    It’s Trent here. I loved doing the recording because we got to change our voices to make a totally different character,as I did with the wolf.

    Everyone did great and I loved it. I watched the video this morning with Mum and she loved it. She also thought everyone did an excelent job. We have a few coments already and I know we will get more to day.

    I hope we can do more recording in the future as I loved doing it yesterday.

    My favourite part of the 3 little pigs is the I WAS FRAMED part because I got to yell when I did it.

    From Your Blogging Buddie Trent :mrgreen:

    I hope others will enjoy this superbly awesome post and give us lots of coments.

    • @ Trent,

      What a fantastic blogger you are. I thought the play was really fun. You made a great wolf.

      Everyone did a fatastuic job and should be proud. I especially liked this version. Let’s hope we can do more in the future!

      You made the best ending, and your “I WAS FRAMED” was fabulous. What was your favourite Wayside School story?

      Talk soon,
      Liv S πŸ™‚

    • Hi everyone,
      Dean here,Trent’s dad.

      Just wanted to say what a great story it was. Very very funny.
      The expression that you guys put in made the story come to life. What a great job. Well done Trent, really proud of you mate.

      Bye all.

      Dean.

      • Dear Dean,

        I am Liv S from Miss Jordan’s class, 4KJ.

        Thankyou for the comment. We are always happy to hear from parents.

        I agree that everyone did a great job on reading with expression.

        From Liv S πŸ™‚

  5. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    What a fabulous post! I really enjoyed doing a Readers’ Theatre every now and again in class. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs was probably my favourite out all the ones we did. Of course I liked them all though.

    I think all the narrators, little pigs and the wolf did a speechless job at performing the Readers’ Theatres Script. I think every single character had a awesome job at using expression. I’d like to comment on Trent though because he did a great job.

    Got to go to school now,
    Millie πŸ™‚

    • Dear Millie,

      I agree, this is a fabuolous post! I also liked doing a readers theatre everyone once in awhile too.

      My favorite one would probalbly be The True Story of the Three Little Pigs too. But the other ones were great too. It is so much better than the original. Don’t you think?

      I think everyone did a great job! I was amazed of how well everyone did as you were! But I want to say something to Trent too. I absolutely loved the part when he said ” I WAS FRAMED!”. But everyone was excellent at using there tone.

      From your blogging buddy,

      Maha πŸ˜€

  6. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    What did you think of our performance?

    I enjoyed listening to your β€œThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs”. There is normally more than one side to a story. It makes you wonder how other stories might be retold.

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears – The fear and suffering of the three bears on finding their house had been broken into and things were stolen.
    Cinderella – The poor sisters forever known us ugly when they knew what Cinderella was really like.
    Little Miss Muffet – Told through the eyes of the spider that felt rejected when he tried to make friends.
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The poor queen finds herself the target of the vicious Snow White and her gang of seven dwarfs.

    Did you notice the students using expression?

    Expression is incredibly important whether you’re reading a story to someone, making a speech or carrying on a conversation. It helps the listener better appreciate the meaning behind the words and keeps them interested.

    Think of a beautiful painting of flowers or a country scene. Now think of the same picture in only black, white and shades of grey. Reading without expression is like the colourless painting. It may still catch the attention but it doesn’t carry the same meaning.

    Your reading was excellent. I could hear how the narrators used expression to fill in the listener and how the wolf used expression to convey his feelings. You painted your picture with bright colours. Well done!

    What do you think about readers’ theatre?

    Readers’ theatre is a brilliant idea. It not only helps the listener appreciate stories, it helps the readers practise important skills. You might know community libraries now carry listening libraries of books. I even have some on my iTunes. If you have a chance, listen to the professional readers and you will hear how important their expression is.

    Perhaps you could start to build a listening library for your school so younger children could hear stories and read along with you.

    +++++

    Keep up the wonderful work. I always enjoy your posts and visit whenever I have time.

    @RossMannell
    Teacher, NSW, Australia

    • @ Ross,

      Once again, thank you for you wonderful, amazing, quality, brilliant comment. I’m glad you enjoyed our Readers’ Theatre on “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”. You are right, different people see different ways to the story. It deffinitely makes you wonder.

      I like all of your recounts on the fairy tales. Goldilocks can be told a few different ways. So can Little Miss Muffet, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

      I agree, expression is important when someone reads. It sounds more interesting! I also agree with you, colourful pictures are way more better than black and white pictures.

      Readers’ Theartre is a great idea. It does help pratise important skills!

      What books do you like to read?
      What fairy tale Readers’ Theatre would be good to read with expression do you think?

      From your pals,
      Millie and Skye πŸ™‚

    • Dear Ross,
      WOW what a great and long comment you left on our blog. I really liked the performances. Yes I did hear the expession.I think the readers theater was exerlent. I think colour makes it more exciting to read. Our stradty for the reast of the week is using featers and colour is one of them. I think that would be a great idea for the listing libary it will help the youger kids to learn a bit more how to read.
      got to go my dad wantsme
      Maddy

  7. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    I think everyone in 4KM and 4KJ is very good at reading with expression. In class I enjoyed listening to people read the readers theater scripts.

    I also think that Mr Salsich’s class was great at reading with expression when we listened to the Wayside School scripts.

    From your blogging buddie,
    Sophie

    • @ Sophie,

      What a great blogger you are. I thought everyone did a fantastic job at reading the script. You are right, the Wayside School scripts were funny.

      Reading is one of my favourite hobbies. Other than reading I love tennis, swimming and golf. My favourite book is the Harry Potter series. What is your favourite book or series?

      Talk soon,
      Liv S πŸ™‚

      • @ Liv,

        Thank you for your amazing reply. Thank you for complementing my comment. Your’s is fabulous too. (Of course!) Yes, Readers’ Theatre is really fun. I could try with my family one day. Maybe even an Easter one for Easter this year.

        I hope I would be an expressive reader. Trent was amazing. He could probably be an actor and play the voice for a catoon movie!
        I agree, Maha did a wonderful job too. Of course the third little piggie would be one of my favourites. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

        Thanks again,
        Millie πŸ˜€

      • Dear Liv,

        Thank you for replying to my comment. You are a great blogger to. I agree with you everyone did a fantastic job.

        I don’t have a favourite book or siries but I have started reading the Enchaned forest by Enid Blyton, and I really enjoying reading that.

        Bye for now,
        Sophie

  8. Dear Millie,

    I agree that the new post is fabuolus but so is your comment. I really enjoyed Readers’ Theatre too.

    I’m sure you would have been a great expressive reader aswell. Trent did do a fantastic job. I would also like to comment on Maha, her expresion was outstanding.

    From your pal,
    Liv πŸ™‚

  9. Dear class,

    I think everyone did a great job with the voices and I think that Alexander T. Wolf should have ask for the cup of sugar before he asked if they were in. But the eating part I’m fine with because if there was big slab of porky pig there what would you do?

    The third pig totally over reacted. If someone told your dear sweet old granny to sit on a pin what would you do? Would you go psycho or would you just let him say it and play it cool? Anyway good job everyone.

    Bye from,
    Brandon the greatest.

    • Dear Brandon,

      if i9saw a pig dead as a doornail i would

      1.find a shady spot and dragit there.
      2.find two sticks that look like long y’s
      and a normal stick.
      3.find two rocks and some old trees then pull off the bark and make a fire then putt in the bark.
      4. wait until the pig is roasted then dig the stuff i couldn’t eat then devour the stuff i can eat.

      if my neighbour told my nan to sit on a pin i would go tell my dad then he will make everything better.

      from,
      josh the greatest of the greatest.

    • Dear Brandon,
      thank you for commenting on our blog. I agree that everyone did a great job with there voices. If there was a pokey pig just lying there I would take it home and ask mum to cook it for dinner. I would tell my sweet old grandma what the pig said then leave it for her to deal with.
      from your blogging buddy
      Maddy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. Hi Mrs Morris and 4KM
    We loved your reader’s theatre play. It was great!The real story about the wolf sounded far more interesting.We thought that the reporters were silly for changing the story. We wondered what really happened!
    Everyone read well, with lots of expression and fluency (That’s what we are focusing on in CAFE. Everyone sounded like the characters.
    Keep up the great work
    Mrs Todd and 4T

    • Dear Kate Todd,

      Thanks for your comment,I’m glad you liked our readers theater! πŸ™‚
      Well thats the real story and yes HE WAS FRAMED

      The reportors were silly they just can’t go around making up storys about pour old wolf.

      I’m Clancy from 4KM and 4KJ Leopold Primary School.

      I was the 2nd little pig and when I herd everyone reading with that exsprien. πŸ™‚

      We love watching your reader theater last week of lightning larry!

      Well thanks for your comment
      Clancy! πŸ™ πŸ™‚

    • Dear Kate Todd,
      thank you for commenting on our class blog. I have to agree with you the true story is much more interesting. What where learning in our CAFE focusing on Uesing featers.
      from your blogging buddy
      Maddy πŸ˜€

  11. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    Wow I think that everyone did a fantastic
    job on the Three litte pigs it was also funny
    when Trent did a big deep voice

    from your boging buddie πŸ˜€

    shakira πŸ˜€

    • Dear Shakira,

      Doing the three little pigs play was really fun. It was funny when Trent did a deep voice for the ending. Trent also did a good job when he said “I WAS FRAMED!”

      From Liv S πŸ™‚

  12. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    I enjoyed reading the The Three Little Pigs. It was great! I can’t wait till the next one. Thanks Mr Salsich’s class for showing us Readers’Theatre.

    What will our next Readers’Theatre be about?

    Bye for now,
    Travis (4KM)

    • Dear Travis,
      I realy liked the story of the Three Little Pigs aswell.

      Your comment was awesome because you put paragraphs where they were sopose to go.

      Bye for now
      Hannah ☀

  13. Dear Liv S,

    Wow you really did a great job on
    the Three Little Pigs I got some
    qustion
    1.how did you get chosen?

    from

    shakira πŸ˜€

    • @ Shakira,

      Thanks for the reply. If we keep going like this, our conversation might go on forever!

      I’m not really sure of how I got chosen but I would like to do it again.

      From Liv S πŸ™‚

  14. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    WOW, Readers’ Theatre is so much fun. I also especially liked Wayside Primary School scripts. My favourite story was “Joe learns to count”.

    I think everyone did a fabulous performance. Especially Trent’s and Maha’s. They used lots of expression but also changed the tone of their voice.

    I hope we can soonly do Readers’ Theatre again. I liked this book better than the normal version of The Three Little Pigs beacuse in the old book they jazzed it up with all that huff and puff stuff.

    From your blogging buddy,
    Liv S πŸ™‚

    • Dear Liv,

      I also enjoyed the Wayside Primary School scripts.It was funny when Jo did not know how to count.I have one question What has been your favourite Readers Theatre script?

      I agree this version is better then the normal one.

      Well got to go Max πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • @ Max,

        Thanks for a reply. I also liked the Wayside Primary School script about “Becky with the note on the nineteenth floor”

        My favourite Readers’ Theatre script has probably been the Three Little Pigs. What was yours?

        From Liv S πŸ™‚

        • Dear Liv

          Thanks for the amazing reply.The one with Becky was good too.My favourite would be The Three Little Pigs too.

          Well bye for now Max

    • @ Liv S,
      Wow what a great comment I also liked the Wayside Primary School scripts and my favorite one was “Joe learns to count” as well! πŸ™„

      Here are some questions Liv S: ♥
      What is your favorite play?
      What is your favorite part about blogging?
      Have you ever starred in a play?
      What was your part in the Three Little Pigs ?

      Happy Blogging,
      Libby πŸ™„

  15. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    I thought the Readers Theatre was fantastic! Everybody did a great job especially Trent. I really enjoyed the expressions everyone made. Keep the good work up!
    Looking forward to many more readers theatre.

    Loved the post,

    Shazia ( Maha’s mum ) πŸ˜€

    • Dear Shazia,

      Thanks for your comment on our blog.
      The readers did a great job on reading I was the sencond little pig (Clancy

      Trent did do a great job and he had lots of expression and well we all had great had expression aswell.

      Well nice talking to you
      Clancy (4KJ)

  16. Dear Liv S,

    Gee Liv your problay right
    but if we keep on having this conversation
    we mite eraearn our own blog. all the
    post will be filled with comments

    from

    shakira:D

    • Dear Shakira,

      Thanks for another reply. You are getting really good at blogging.

      Would you have liked to gotten a part in the play. Doing the play was really fun. Do you enjoy blogging?

      From Liv S πŸ™‚

  17. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    Listing to the three little pigs nely made me jump out of my seat.i really liked listing to all the people who act out the play.

    i really loved the way they all used expretion, i also think that when trent said i was framed it wass really good.

    from your class mate,
    haden a.k.a. haydos

    • Dear Hayden,

      Great comment you did there πŸ™‚
      The readers theater was so funny I liked how Trent used all that exssprien been the Big Bad Wolf

      Yes when Trent said I was framed it was so funny

      Well see you soon Hayden
      Clancy πŸ™‚ πŸ™

  18. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    WOW! The post is amazing,I love how everyone who read the Readers’ Theatre out used there best expreshen when it was there shot at reading.

    I think Trent was the best at entetaning people, but even though Trent was the funnyest at speaking everyone was still realy fantastic at speaking.

    your blogging buddy

    Charlotte

    • Dear Charlotte,

      You are a really good blogger. I think everyone who read was very good at using expretion, expecially Trent and Maha.

      I agree with you Trent was the best at entertaining people. It was funny when he said, I WAS FRAMED.

      From your blogging buddie,
      Sophie

  19. Dear 4KJ and 4KM,
    I love this Reader’s Theatre Script
    I also like trent when he said I WAS FRAMED
    it was funny well hope to see some more reader’s Theatre Script

    well off i go bye for now

    brooklyn
    PS : I love being in your class

    • Dear Brooklyn,

      Nice comment on the blog.
      Ilove doing the readers theatre scripts and like it even more when i’m reading a bit of it.

      Trent did a great and when he said I was Framed and The End was so funny

      By for now
      Clancy πŸ™‚ πŸ™ πŸ™‚

  20. Dear all of my friends,

    The even realler story has a 4th pig now he was the brains of the family he built a bunker and when the wolf was gonna sneeze down the house the 4th lill’ pig threw a grenade at him thats how the alliance nows it

    Bye,
    Sackboy

    • Dear Sackboy,

      Thank you for your comment!

      You have already left two comments on our blog what a great blogger.

      It is really weird that there is a 4th pig in the even realer story.

      Bye for now,
      Kealee

      • Dear kealee,

        Yes and you have left over 20 comments i’m pretty sure.

        Larry Da Vinci tryed to be cool and made a 5th litlle pig that made a tank.

        well i’ve got a negativitron to beat,
        sincerley,
        Sackboy

  21. Dear 4KM and 4JK,

    Wow, what awesome bloggers you all are! I really enjoy reading all your posts.

    I thought you all did a fantastic job with the Readers Theatre Script. Expression is a wonderful thing, it can portray beautiful images with simple words.

    Keep up the great work.

    Katrina (Wolf boys mum)

    • Dear Katrina,

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

      Thank you for saying that was are all awesome bloggers and you are one of them.

      Thank you for saying that the readers that read the script where fantastic. I was narrator 4.

      Bye for now,
      Kealee :mrgreen:

  22. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    that was fantastic narrating! We really enjoyed the story! Our favourite part was when the wolf said ‘I WAS FRAMED!’. A lot of effort was put into this script. Keep it up!

    P.S We believe the wolf!

    From Maha’s friend Maham and Muniba πŸ˜›

    • Dear Maha and Muniba,

      Thank you for leaving a great comment on the blog!

      Yes, it was fantastic narrating.
      My favourite part was also when the wolf said “I WAS FRAMED”.

      A lot of effort is put into every skript but I am sure this one had the most effot.

      Bye for now,
      Kealee :mrgreen:

  23. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    Well done on the great post!

    I have never ever seen so many comments on one post. If I get a blog I hope that I will get as many comments as this post got.

    What did you think of our performence-
    I thought that the performece was exquisite!
    When I first listen to the play I thought that the readers were adults.

    Did you notice the students useing expretion-
    When I listen to it I felt that all the student put a lot of effort into it and they all changed there voice when they needed to.

    What do you think about Readers Theater-
    The Readers Theater skrips inspired me to write a play. All the skrips were very interesting.

    @ Lachlan-
    Good job with the skript. You did such a great job reading out narrator 1’s lines.

    @ Patrick-
    You are such a good actor and you would be great on stage singing and acting.

    @ Max-
    You have got a real talent in you. You should join my acting class.

    @ Maha-
    You have done a very good job on the story. You used a lot of expretion.

    @ Jessica

    You have done an amazing job on the skript. You should do some more plays.

    @ Trent
    You are such a great actor. You blow the roof of every one and you made every one laugh. Making people laugh is a true gift.

    @ Clancy
    You were a very good pig. So keep up the great work

    @ Olivia
    As i said to some others you have a very good talent.

    Every one did a great job and used lots of expretion. You have all got a great talent and should join an acting class. Please think about is.

    From you good buddy,
    Kealee :mrgreen:

    • Dear Kealee,

      What a great comment you have left! You had such beautiful things to say about everyone.

      You said making people laugh is a true gift, being so encouraging and positive is also a wonderful trait.

      If you get your own blog i would definitly be interested in reading it and leaving a comment.

      Katrina (Trent’s mum)

  24. Dear Katrina,

    Thank you for leaving a lovely reply to me!

    If I get a blog I am looking forward to getting your comments.

    You are such a great blogger and you are very kind. That is what every one loves about most people.

    What does trait mean?

    Bye for now,
    Kealee :mrgreen:

    • Hi Kealee,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my comment, and asking what trait means. A trait is a characteristic of your personality, which in your case i was refering to your genuine kindness and enthusiasm. it something you don’t fake, it just comes naturally. It certainly is a wonderful trait to have!

      Hope this helps.

      Bye for now, Tren’ts mum

  25. We enjoyed your Reader’s Theatre. We liked the expression that the Wolf used. We also liked the different talking voices that were used. Thank-you for the great example. We will try it in our own class. We think you all did a great job!

  26. Dear Mrs Morris’s Class,
    You all did great on The Three Little Pigs! I loved watching it. I hope my class can do it. Great job!
    From Maggie

  27. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,
    I thought your story was great.
    It was really sweet that the wolf tried to bake a cake for his grandma.
    I liked that the whole story was just about a cup of sugar!
    What was your favorite part in the story?

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