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Readers Theatre With Jan Brett

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Readers Theatre With Jan Brett

Grades 1 – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kary A. Johnson

Fort Worth, Texas

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

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Bobbie DeLozier

November 16, 2013

I liked this lesson plan because it allows the students to use many different skills that will help them become better readers. I also liked that the teacher uses a predictions chart, sequencing chart and fluency chart to further help her students comprehend what they are reading.

 

Sonya Osborn

November 14, 2013

Love the lesson plan. I like how it includes so many different elements of reading as well as creativity. It truly has something to offer for everyone. It makes reading fun as well as makes it come to life.

 

Christy Bridges

November 14, 2013

I really like the layout of this lesson plan. Re-reading the story in 4 out of the 5 sections is a great idea. I think it is great to use a picture walk several times as well. The whole class activities and peer or individual activities are also great ways to reinforce learning and comprehension of the story. My favorite part of this lesson plan, however, is the in-depth means at which the lesson aims to teach not just the story, but the elements of the story.

 

Brandi Killian

November 12, 2013

I loved this lesson plan and plan on incorporating it in my classroom. I love how each session gets the students involved in reading. The “picture walk” is a creative way of providing a visual for the students. The lesson plan had the story read to the students or the story reviewed every day. I believe this is important in the final outcome of the students knowing the characters and plot of the story. This lesson provides great insight and assesses students in several different areas from making predictions, sequencing, and fluency.

 

Brooke Pixley

March 31, 2013

I have used Readers Theatre in the classroom before. We didn't act out the book every time, but we always used the sequencing charts, made predictions, took picture walks etc. I think that the picture walks were very important in getting the students involved in the lesson. It made them feel invested in the outcome of the story.

 

Camilla Sides

March 31, 2013

This is a wonderful lesson! I have never used Reader's Theater, but I am hoping to incorporate it in my building before the end of the school year. The picture walk gave the students a visual context to remember when acting out the story. By hearing the story read so many times by the teacher, the students had a good understanding of the setting, characters, and plot. From the reading, the students learned to replicate the feelings, values, and actions of the characters.
Students who work together as a team seem to develop camaraderie and strive to do their best. Working together to practice the parts of the play and creating their own simple settings and costumes, builds a confidence and trust in students. When students are comfortable with their fluency, they tend to enjoy reading. Thank you for this lesson!

 

Sherri Shirrell

March 30, 2013

I really like the concept of this lesson plan and how it engages the students in the Reader's Theatre. I think this is something students would enjoy because they are allowed to be "in" the story when they act it out, rather than just sitting and reading it.

 

Brandie Klinkhardt

March 29, 2013

I love the idea of Reader's Theatre. This is a great way to get the students involved in reading and actually enjoy reading while learning. I like the idea of the "picture walk" in the first session. I also like having the students split up the roles and act out the book. This serves all types of learners and really makes reading fun and enjoyable. I would love to try this with my students.

 

Crystal Smith

March 29, 2013

I work with first grade and love Hedges as given in the example of first and second grade lesson plans. My class this year is very small and they have become very fluent readers. When I comment about one putting a lot of expression in their reading, they all of course begin doing it. I think this would be great for the class I have. I think instead of costumes I might have them create stick puppets. They love doing that for stories. I agree that readers theater can give students a much more thorough understanding of what they are reading. I love the lesson plan and will probably do it in May as our last project.

 

sylvia ellis

March 27, 2013

I have tried this lesson before and find it to be exciting for my students. I did change the skit to be used for this lesson plan. We used the skit, "The Hidden One," which is about an invisible warrior searching for a honest and pure wife. Before starting this lesson my students were able to make predictions and inferences about the skit. They were also able to create a list of vocabulary words from the script as well as add a few of their own words such as: legend, fairy tale, self-esteem and folktales. I found this lesson plan to be a great way for students to comprehend, make predictions and work together as a unit to create similar skits. I also agree Reader's Theatre is a great way to get students involved in reading which promotes fluency, and increase students vocabulary ability. I have recommended this lesson plan to my colleagues.

 

Jo Beth Moses

March 25, 2013

I really like this lesson plan, it gives the students to interact with others and gives them visual perspective in reading and comprehening the story and the buliding vocabulalary and fluency at the same time.

 

Katie Powell

March 21, 2013

Great lesson! I like the multifaceted aspects of reader's theater. Students who excel in different types of intelligences can enjoy the reader's theater process. This is a great way to make reading fun.

 

Cosandra Reed

November 11, 2012

Haven't tried this lesson plan but I liked the fact how it is to be conducted in a five sixty minute session. I also thought that this lesson plan coincided well with the Missouri standards. Getting students to understand the text structure by retelling the story and observing the character, setting, and plot will allow the students to stay more involved with the task at hand. This ultimately means there will be constant interaction between the student and teacher.

 

Matt Ball

November 11, 2012

I really liked this lesson. I liked how the story was read aloud. This important to my teaching because a lot of my students need their texts read aloud for a better understanding. I also liked how the students made predictions and did a picture walk. When students make predictions they are required to use background experience and a depth of knowledge. The picture is a good idea because some students might learn better through visual aids.

 

Julie Kennedy

November 11, 2012

This is a great lesson plan. Loved having the students responsible for putting the Reader's Theater together and using this to help understand the parts of a book as they read.

 

Lindsazy Rhodes

November 07, 2012

I thought this sounded like a very fun lesson, that the students would have a lot of fun participating in. This lesson was really in-depth, making sure that the students really understand the material, before participating in the Readers Theatre activity. The students are first introduced to the book and have to draw pictures about what they think will happen in the book. The students will then read the story and then as a class, discuss the story elements. From there, the students are divided into groups, pick out a character they want to play, and then while still in their groups, act out the story in front of the class.

 

Lindsazy Rhodes

November 07, 2012

I thought this sounded like a very fun lesson, that the students would have a lot of fun participating in. This lesson was really in-depth, making sure that the students really understand the material, before participating in the Readers Theatre activity. The students are first introduced to the book and have to draw pictures about what they think will happen in the book. The students will then read the story and then as a class, discuss the story elements. From there, the students are divided into groups, pick out a character they want to play, and then while still in their groups, act out the story in front of the class.

 

Kevin Swain

November 07, 2012

I thought it was a great idea to have the students performs a play after reading the story to have them involved more in reading.

 

Jo Beth Moses

November 07, 2012

I have tried some parts of this lesson asking children to talk about the story before and after they read the story, but they have mentioned different ways and different sessions that would help and I will be trying in my classroom I really enjoyed this article and the students will enjoy learning when they are involved with the groups and participate.

 

Heather Lipps

November 06, 2012

I thought this was an excellent lesson plan. Students learn by doing things in various ways. With this lesson, students are able to not only read a story, but to visualize and participate in it. This lesson allows the students to use many skills that are necessary to be a great reader. I also think that some students that are not excited about reading will really like this lesson because it allows them to be up and moving. I know personally, that some of my students have a difficult time just sitting and reading a story. Being able to incorporate this lesson would allow each student to expand their knowledge and truly “dive” in to what they are reading.

 

Sylvia Ellis

November 06, 2012

I like the way this lesson plan/Reading Theatre gave repetitive instructions for students to create their stories through theatrical play. At the beginning of this lesson, I brainstormed with my students. We learned the characteristic and physical traits of a hedgehog. We looked at the pictures and made predictions of what the story was about through writing and discussion. My students then read the story, “Hedgie’s Surprise.” We regrouped and determined how many of their predictions were correct. My students then wrote in-depth details about the characters in their story and summarized the text by recording information with their shoulder to shoulder partner. After re-reading the text again, each group created their puppet costumes of their characters in the story, read their stories and practiced their role for the play. They only performed their Puppet Theatre show for each other because they thought making puppets were somewhat boring and juvenile. They did enjoy reading the story Hedgie’s Surprise and liked that is was about building friendships. Slight changes were made to the lesson plan to accommodate Junior High School students. However, I would like to try similar lesson plans or resources designed for Junior High age students.

 

weldon brown

November 05, 2012

I enjoyed article and found it interesting. I found the Predictions chart, Sequencing chart, and the Fuency chart can be very helpful for the student to comprehend what they are reading. These three charts, can help the reader understand whats happing and what will be happening later in the reading. Carting can help student be more involve with their readings.

 

Amy Cavness

November 05, 2012

I really like this lesson plan. I love the idea of having the students prepare a play using the story. This is an excellent way of getting the students engaged in learning. You have some excellent ideas and I love the way it is layed out. I like the prediction charts. I will definitely try to fit this lesson plan in because it sounds like the students would love it.

 

Julie Margenthaler

November 05, 2012

I liked the way you analyzed each story element and showed many visuals to help the students understand the story.

 

Jennifer

November 04, 2012

I love this lesson. It is also a great way to make a lesson just for prediction. I have some students taht it is hard for them to predict what is going to happen in the story. I love the prediction wall and will use this in my class stories.

 

Kara Wallace

November 04, 2012

I love the concept of this lesson. Great idea to get the kids involved in several different objectivies. I teach special eduaction and I would love to use this some day, I would have to make several modifications.

 

Katie

November 03, 2012

I love the reinforcing aspect of reader's theater. Students really do have to understand a selection to make it a reader's theater presentation.

 

Amy Schoemehl

November 02, 2012

I like the activity with Hedge's Surprise but incorporating discussion on top of responses will be essential to Common Core implementation. This will help with the deeper understanding and comprehension of the passage. I like the extension of the activity and not just having it end on one day. Fun lesson !

 

Weldon

November 01, 2012

This article will prepare a teacher on how to engage thier class in reading a story. The process of preparing your class, I found interesting. Having the student read aloud and predict what is going to happen, are very helpful techniques of comprehension. After reading the story, the studnts should be able to tell what happen in the story. Studnet should be albe to relate the story to things in their lives. I could tell this article is based on getting the student to comprehend what they are reading and the techniques will help teacher ensure that the student can comprehend.

 

Tim

November 01, 2012

This is a very creative approach to teaching reading. I really like how it allows each students to "put themselves" in to the material. I believe students would have fun with this strategy and not realize they are learning too!

 

Tammy Gardner

November 01, 2012

I love that this lesson plan includes group work and collaboration among peers. Rereading the text is a great strategy for emphasizing many reading skills throughout the lesson. By the time the class performs the play they know the book very well. That includes any new vocabulary the book introduced. This lesson plan could be used with other books as well.

 

Tammy Gardner

October 25, 2012

Great lesson plan. Readers theatre is a great way for students to work on many literacy skills. Rereading the story over and over is a great strategy for reading comprehension, vocabualary building and fluency. The students are not only improving their skills, but are having a great time in the process.

 

 

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