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Plays. DEFINITION. a dramatic performance usually performed on a stage. PARTS OF A PLAY. Cast/Characters Setting/Scenes Directions. CAST. Characters – people/animals in the story act out parts, pretend to be someone else. May wear costumes May change voice.

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  • a dramatic performance usually performed on a stage


  • Cast/Characters

  • Setting/Scenes

  • Directions


  • Characters – people/animals in the story

  • act out parts, pretend to be someone else.

  • May wear costumes

  • May change voice

∙You can learn about characters by noticing what they say and do.∙Notice how they interact with other characters.


  • Provide background information

  • Provide supporting details

  • Do not participate in scenes with other characters


  • Sets background for play

  • Tells you when and where the action takes place

  • May contain one scene or multiple scenes


  • Tell characters what to do

  • Where to go

  • When to move

  • How to move

  • How to speak

  • Written in parenthesis

The King in the Kitchen

by Margaret E. Slattery

Illustrated by Matthew Trueman

Using Graphic Sources

  • Turn to p. 446 in your basal.

  • Look at the pictures of the characters.

  • What do they tell you about the play and what it will be about?


  • Turn to p. 442 in your basal.

  • Look at the vocabulary words used in the play.

  • Read “Keeping a Secret” on p. 443 to see these words used in text.

  • Write any vocabulary words you do not know on the next clean page in your reading notebook. Write The King in the Kitchen on the top line. Use the glossary in the basal to help you with the definitions.

As you read the play…

  • Let the characters come alive in your mind.

  • Imagine the setting. Picture where and when the events take place.

  • Think about what a king might be doing in the kitchen.

  • Begin reading the play on p. 446.

Answer these questions in your notebook

  • Suppose someone said, “This play isn’t real. It could never happen!” What do you think the author would say?

  • What is the setting of the play? What details in the text let you know?

  • The Peasant is very clever. What does that mean? If you don’t know, use an online dictionary to find out. Write the definition in your notebook.


  • How is the Peasant clever in his dealings with the King?

  • Some of the characters in the play are royals. Some are servants. Make a T-chart and list the characters in each category.

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