Ancient China School Assembly
Around 10 – 15 minutes reading time
30 – easily adjustable up or down
How can you 'cast' a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake, a horse, a sheep, a monkey, a rooster, a dog and a pig - all inside one play? Simple! Re-tell the story of Ancient China - vial all 12 animals of the Zodiac!
(Also available, set of 5 guided reading play scripts plus quizzes - Beginnings of a great civilization, Confucius, First Emperor, Life in Ancient China and a Chinese Myth: The Monkey who would be King - see Guided Reading Play Scripts Section)
(Loud rumbling sound; Farmer, Rat and Ox run for cover; whole casts sways backwards and forwards)
(Enter Chang Heng clutching seismograph, Cai Lun, Peasant, Monkey and Sheep, bleating with fear)
Sheep: Don't panic! Don't panic! Nothing to worry about! Just a wee ....(Shrieking) EARTHQUAKE!
(Whole cast cover their heads with their hands)
Chang Heng: It's all right, everybody. Now I have invented the seismograph here, we know when an earthquake's coming!
Sheep: Yes, and it's here! Right now, in case you hadn't noticed! Couldn't you have invented something a bit more useful - like how to stop it?!
(Rumbling subsides, everybody sighs with relief)
Sheep: Wow! You did it! That was impressive!
Chang Heng: (Coughing) Er, well, of course. Us inventors are capable of anything!
Monkey: (Sarcastically) Yeah, right! Time for a quick reality check. Remind me, what were the four Great Inventions of Ancient China?
Sheep: That would be the compass, gunpowder, printing
Cai Lun: And paper making! I can take credit for that invention!
Sheep: What did you use?
Cai Lun: Oh just mulberry bark and bamboo fibers mixed together in water. Course I had no idea what my little recipe would go on to yield
Peasant: What, like toilet paper, tea bags and money? (Holding up each in turn)
Cai Lun: My goodness! So many different uses. And there was me thinking it would just be used to write on!