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Understand the Conventions of Playscripts

In this worksheet, students read a short playscript and answer questions about its layout and presentation.

'Understand the Conventions of Playscripts' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Structure and Purpose

Popular topics:   Reading Comprehension worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

A playscript looks very different from an ordinary story. It is written in a special way to help the actors who will play the parts on stage.


You probably know the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

Read the opening of the story, written as a playscript, and then answer the questions in the worksheet. Remember that you can look back at this introduction as often as you like by clicking on the Help button.


Little Red Riding Hood




Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH)

LRRH's mother

LRRH's grandmother




Scene 1

The inside of a small cottage in the woods. LRRH and her mother are putting items of food into a basket on the table.

Mother: There. That should do for Granny today. Now go and get ready, dear.

LRRH: It's cold today. I think I'll wear my new red cloak.

LRRH goes to the cupboard and fetches her cloak.

Mother (tying the ribbons under LRRH's chin): Now, remember to go straight to Granny's house and don't talk to any strangers on the way.

LRRH (sighs): Of course, Mother. I never do. You say that every time.

Mother (smiles): I know you're a good girl, but I've heard rumours that the wolf is back in these parts, and you can never be too careful.

LRRH: I'll be good! I'll go straight there and I'll do any jobs that Granny needs.

Mother: Good bye then! Have a nice time!

LRRH exits stage right. Mother waves after her. Lights down.

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