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Readers Theatre

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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


International Literacy Association


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Sarah McIntyre

December 02, 2015

My gr 8's are going to start translating Fairy Tales into RT. This is helpful and gives me a framework for getting our scripts written. We'll practice this week on exemplars and move to creative writing our own RT Scripts next week. This is our game plan and we'll share the last classes before Christmas break. Thanks for the help!!



June 05, 2014

Thank you, I will be using some of these methods and changing them for my ESL summer camp.



May 02, 2013

Thank you so much for the valuable ideas you provided! I'm taking reader's theater a step further to having students write their own short story, then writing a script based on it. The students will benefit from your lesson ideas and resources!



February 13, 2012

This article was extremely helpful! I am taking teaching creative arts right now, and we briefly discussed reader's theatre, but this article really helped me understand what it is and how to incorporate it into future lessons! Thank you from a preservice educator!



November 10, 2011

Thank you so much for posting this example of reader's theater for new teachers to see!



September 24, 2011

The evaluation link appears to not be working again. I'd love to see an example.


Wes Ford

June 06, 2011


Thanks for catching this! We have since changed the link to another evaluation. We appreciate your comment and your use of ReadWriteThink.org.

Wes Ford
Associate Editor



May 03, 2011

The link to the evaluation is no longer working. Is there another evaluation that has worked well in the past?



January 31, 2011

This is exactly what I was looking for in a reader's theatre lesson. Thank You!



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