Spotlight on Saints!
Spotlight on Saints!

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Jenkins, Diana R. 

Pauline Books & Media 



About this Book:

In this collection of humorous plays, contemporary kids with real-life problems learn about the saints and get inspired to do the right thing. The book includes a play for every month of the year, each featuring a particular saint. Written in an easy-to-use readers' theater format, these scripts work well in a variety of educational settings, teach basic information about the saints, promote good values, motivate, and inspire. (And they're fun, too!)

Features & Benefits:

  • Features an introduction for teachers on using readers theater in the classroom
  • Includes hints on presentation and props
  • Includes a short biography of each featured saint
  • All scripts are reproducible for classroom use

About the Author:

After over twenty years as a special education teacher, Diana R. Jenkins became a freelance writer. She has written hundreds of magazine stories, articles, and comic strips for kids and teens. Her books include Goodness Graces! Ten Short Stories about the Sacraments, Stepping Stones – The Comic Collection, and Spotlight on Saints! A Year of Funny Readers Theatre for Today's Catholic Kids. Her latest book, Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction, is a resource for adults who want to help young teens face modern challenges with a faith perspective. Visit her on the web at, read her blog at, and find her on Facebook at

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"Spotlight on Saints! is school theater at its best – modern 'morality plays' filled with humor, real choices, and relevant saints. For classroom teachers or anyone planning seasonal activities, these charming yet down-to-earth plays will be a welcome resource for middle grades and junior high!"
Mary Paul McCaughey, OP, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Chicago

"This book will be a great resource and teaching tool in any religious education program. Every youngster in the class, regardless of reading ability or acting talent, can take part and will love being involved. Diana Jenkins's experience as a special education teacher shines through. Spotlight on Saints! is terrific!"
Susan Long Abbott, Director of Religious Education, Archdiocese of Boston

"Spotlight on Saints! will surely keep children attentive and engaged while they learn how saints can help us in many situations. The creative style of readers' theater invites children to learn about the saints while having fun performing. Diana Jenkins, simply and sensitively, shares the 'spotlight' with children as they learn about, reflect on, and imitate the saints highlighted in her book." Theresa M. Maugle, SSJ, Recipient, 2007 National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Principals Award
St. Genevieve School, Flourtown, Pennsylvania

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Category: Teachers' Resource/Intermediate (grades 4 – 8)
Trim size: 8 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Pages: 184

Keywords:Spotlight on the Saints - stscol

Andrea Pelleschi says...
Spotlight on Saints features 12 "readers theater" plays about contemporary kids dealing with everyday problems. Each play is funny and engaging with a feisty narrator who interacts with the characters in the plays, such as prodding a character when he missed his cue to sigh, or by making a sarcastic comment about another character who says something silly. In addition, the characters learn about a saint during each play who inspires them to change and do the right thing. The stories of the saints fit in well with the main stories and are never didactic. What I love most about the plays is how accessible they are to kids. They feature a lot of characters, so a lot of kids can take part in the plays. Plus, they really are funny and relatable with lively characters that kids will enjoy playing. And one of the best thing about these plays is that the saints become memorable in a new way. Instead of just learning about a saints life, kids can see how a particular saints life can inspire them today. They can apply lessons such as forgiveness and truth to their own lives the way the kids in the plays did. In addition to the plays themselves, there are suggestions on costumes/props, presentation, and a short bio about each saint. The introduction includes helpful tips on how to perform the plays as readers theater or transition them into traditional stage productions. If youre looking for a truly funny and engaging book of plays for kids to use while learning about saints, Spotlight on Saints is for you.
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