The Headless Monster is an activity to encourage students to read in English. Children will discover that books in English are not as tough to understand as they seem, and that they are also fun and exciting.
Everything revolves around a mystery novel —The Headless Monster— that recounts the efforts of a mad scientist, Crazy Doc, to bring his monster to life. When he finally succeeds, the joy is short-lived, as the evil Wicked Witch steals the head of his beloved monster.
One of the strengths of the activity is that some students play the role of the witch, mad doctor, painter, and reader. This direct involvement causes children to enjoy it even more.
The play gets complemented by The Library, an enchanted library in which a reading puppet presents books in English on games, cooking, and humor.
Fact sheet and video
LANGUAGE: totally in English
AGE RANGE: 8 to 12 years old (3rd to 6th grade)
SUBJECT: reading books in English
DURATION: 45 min
PERFORMANCE AREA: minimum dimensions 3 x 4 m
EQUIPMENT: sound system is provided; there is no need for neither platform nor special lighting
SET UP: 45-60 min; strike 25-35 min
A very complete proposal: didactic, with a very correct vocabulary and pronunciation of the language and within the reach of the students. In addition, they had a lot of fun and were able to take part in the show.
– Àurea C., ZER Subirats (Subirats)