Reader’s Theater

July 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM Leave a comment

by: Jennifer Perez

Readers Theater…what is it?

Readers Theater involves students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. It involves children in….

  • sharing literature,
  • reading aloud,
  • writing scripts,
  • performing with a purpose, and
  • working collaboratively

The benefits of Reader’s Theater are immense when used with fidelity. When Reader’s Theater was first introduced into my classroom, what I observed were my students showing excitement and pure enjoyment toward their particular piece. They were arriving to school early to rehearse with their groups (fluency), planning which person would create which props (collaborating) and some groups extended themselves by creating AND typing out their own Reader’s Theater scripts.

After rehearsing their Reader’s Theater plays for about two weeks, the students performed in full costume, props and microphones for other 3rd grade classes. Their peers graded them on such items as: fluency, pronunciation, clarity and working collaboratively. The feedback was very positive and I was thrilled to see my little worker bees take the feedback and immediately begin making changes to improve their next performance!

Here are a few of the Reader’s Theater resources I use in my classroom. They are amusing, entertaining and downright whimsical! Give them a try….Im’ sure you and your students will love them too!

Happy Learning!

© Jennifer Perez 6/30/11

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