Skip to contentContribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us

 

 

Contribute to ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.

More

 

Professional Development

Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.

More

 

Reading & Language Arts Community

Did You Know?

Your students can save their work with Student Interactives.

More more

HomeClassroom ResourcesLesson Plans

Lesson Plan

Readers Theatre

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)

 

Readers Theatre

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Lexington, Kentucky

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Overview

Featured Resources

From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

Students become excited and enthusiastic about reading when they are presented with the opportunity to participate in Readers Theatre. In this lesson, students develop scripts, perform in groups, and practice using their voice to depict characters from texts. Through this activity, students have the opportunity to develop fluency and further enhance comprehension of what they are reading.

back to top

 

FEATURED RESOURCES

Reader’s Theater Scripts and Plays: This website with an excellent compilation of scripts will get your students focused on reading texts with expression

back to top

 

FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Kimbell-Lopez, K. (2003). Just think of the possibilities: Formats for reading instruction in the elementary classroom. Reading Online, 6. Available: http://www.readingonline.org/articles/art_index.asp?HREF=kimbell-lopez/index.html

  • The use of Readers Theatre can offer a different context in which students are exposed to texts focusing on poetry, science, social studies, or other content-related topics.

  • Readers Theatre is another way to enhance comprehension of text, as well as to create interest in and enthusiasm for learning.

  • The Readers Theatre format provides an opportunity for students to develop fluency through multiple readings of the text by using expressiveness, intonation, and inflection when rehearsing the text.

     

back to top