Readers Theatre

Strategy #36

Benefits Of Using This Strategy

Students have the opportunities to enjoy reading good literature, and through this strategy they engage with text, interpret characters, and bring the text to life. Students develop reading fluency as they read and reread their lines. Readers Theatre increases students reading motivation because it provides a reason for reading.

How To Use This Strategy

  1. Select a Script: Together the teacher and students select a script then read and discuss. Next, the students volunteer to read each part.
  2. Rehearse the production: After reading the script, students decide how they want the character to be perceived. Students will use different voices, gestures, and facial expressions to portray a character.
  3. State the production: The teacher can provide a stage or it can be presented in the front of the classroom. Students stand or sit in a row and read their lines in the script. The emphasis is not on the production quality; rather, it's on the interpretive quality of the readers' voices and expression. Props are unnecessary, however they can enhance interest and enjoyment.

When To Use This Strategy

Readers Theatre can be used as a writing activity. Students can work cooperatively to create a script. Students can write a script from stories they've read and about topics related to thematic units.

Benefits For ELL

  1. Gain valuable oral reading practice in a relaxed, small-group setting.
  2. Practice reading high-frequency words.
  3. Increase their reading speed.
  4. Learn how to phrase and chunk words in sentences.
  5. Read with more expression

Common Core State Standards

  • Students demonstrate how a speaker's viewpoint influences how events are described.
  • students apply grade-level phonics and word-analysis skills.
  • Students read with sufficient fluency to support comprehension.