Reader’s Theater: Perform the Book!

Reader’s Theater is fun! Loved by students and teachers because it makes the words come alive. Here are a few ideas about Reader’s Theater that will get you started or extend the use of it in your literacy lessons or library.

Performance: Julie Andrews Edwards, actress and author, explains the connections between books and performance.

  • Build reading confidence
  • Encourage interaction with a text
  • Demonstrate visualization

Group Reading Activity: Reader’s Theater scripts

  • Build fluency
  • Provide scaffolding
  • Differentiate when assigning roles

Writing: Sharon Creech, joins forces with Avi, Walter Dean Myers, and Sarah Weeks to share their writings as Reader’s Theater. Sharon Creech discusses the uses of Reader’s Theater in the classroom, including performance and adaptation of the works.

  • Comparing text structures such as narrative and script formats
  • Choosing scenes
  • Selecting what to use and what to cut

Remember, while readers are having fun they are also building fluency, increasing comprehension, developing confidence and much more. Reader’s Theater scripts and activities will be highlighted during TeachingBooks Webinar of the Month- November 16, 2016. Register for the WOTM.

Have you used the Reader’s Theater scripts in other ways? Please share!

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