Classroom Cereal meets readers theater
Classroom Cereal is proud to present Cereal Theater, a series of readers theater-style short stories for middle schoolers. Just like the original Classroom Cereal series, each story unfolds piece by piece, this time across the script's four scenes, and the larger saga plays out throughout the year. No grammatical mistakes to find in these stories. Just divvy up the roles and have fun reading.
Welcome to Cereal Theater
We're not in Fairview anymore. Elsewhere in the Classroom Cereal universe exists a sleepy small town called Dover. Dover has secrets of its own, and over the course of the first season of Cereal Theater, a cast of characters from Dover and its James A. Garfield Middle School will work to discover them. They'll tell their stories in script form. Each story is a four-scene play written by someone from the town. The drama centers around a vacant building on Randolph Street that was once a thriving community theater, until one mysterious Halloween night in 1990. Can our playwrights uncover the truth of the abandoned theater, while discovering and celebrating their own talents and passions in the process?
The debut season of Cereal Theater will feature 10 stories/scripts available as PDFs and Google Slides. Each one will be about 12 pages long, and like the Classroom Cereal stories you know and love, they'll be perfect for all of the middle grades. Also, every script will come with a 10-question comprehension quiz, available as a PDF, Google Slide, and Google Form. And of course, the stories will be released serial style, a new one each month from September 2022 to June 2023!
Dominic DeFreeze used to serve as Garfield Middle School's faithful hall monitor, until he retired. Or was he fired? When a severe weather drill turns actual emergency, Dominic must overcome his demons to become the hero once more.
The abandoned theater on Randolph Street has long haunted the small town of Dover. A boy named Bradley Honnaker disappeared there on Halloween night, 1990. If Raven wants to prove she's really the school's queen of terror, she'll have to visit the theater on Halloween, when Bradley's ghost is said to appear.
Cory likes superheroes, not sports. He's creative, not courageous. But then he starts getting signs that he might have inherited superpowers from his great uncle. The annual Malloy Family Thanksgiving Football Game is almost here. Does Cory have the power to tell his big cousins he wants out?
A long, isolated winter break at Uncle Jake's peaceful Montana ranch. Mr. William Trusk knows it will be the perfect time to finish his memoirs. But when a blizzard leaves him and two ranch hands stranded inside a mountain cabin, William realizes some things are more important than writing.
Have you read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton? Katrina has, and it reminds her of a real-life rumble between two totally opposite crews at James A. Garfield Middle School. Or are the TUFFS and the Techs so different after all?
One day at the abandoned theater on Randolph Street, a cast of eighth graders is rehearsing Erica's new play. The rehearsal, like Erica's script, is a total disaster. But despite the chaos, the crew realizes something. Maybe one day, with enough practice, the stage can make a comeback.
The crew is psyched to start a drama club at Garfield Middle School, just like the original one from the 1980s and 90s. But one teacher was a member of that club when she was a student at GMS, and she says forming a new one would be dangerous, maybe even deadly.
Script 8: "Ghosts of Randolph Street"
Before he disappeared on Halloween night, 1990, Bradley Honnaker was a regular eighth grader and the leader of the Randolph Street Players. Then he started seeing signs of an ancient curse on the Randolph Street Community Stage. What really happened to Bradley? This script is all he left behind.
Coming April 6, 2023
Get Cereal Theater as part of the $30/year subscription
Now your $30/year Classroom Cereal subscription gets you even more. That's right, with the subscription, you'll now get the entire original Classroom Cereal grammar program plus all of Cereal Theater.
Grammar Growth Assessment
Google Slides Stories and Assessments
Google Forms Assessments
Google Slides Scripts and Quizzes
Google Forms Quizzes