Want to engage your students in reading, get them involved and out of their seats? Have no fear Readers Theater is here!
What is readers theater you ask?
Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a “script” and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. Scripts are held by the readers, lines are not memorized. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures. Making comprehending the text meaningful and fun for the student.
Tips for implementing readers theater:
- Choose only scripts that are fun to do with lots of good dialogue. Boring scripts are no better than boring stories.
- Start slowly and spend the time necessary so students feel comfortable in the performance mode.
- Model each character’s part and match roles to readers.
- Combine parts if there are too many, and cut out scenes and characters that aren’t important.
- Scripts are not sacrosanct. Change them if they work better another way.
- Work with small groups, not with the whole class, whenever possible.
3rd Grade Classroom
High school Classroom
Teacher Examples and additional sources
http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/literacy/readers_theater.html – This one is AWESOME!
Alexander, P. (2006). Handbook of educational psychology (2nd ed.). Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum.