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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Reading Idol! Bringing Readers Theatre Center Stage in Your Classroom
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 45-minute sessions|
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
Students develop scripts, perform, and use their voices to depict characters from texts, giving them the opportunity to develop fluency and further enhance comprehension of what they are reading.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students participate in shared reading, choral reading, and readers theater, using books by Bill Martin, Jr. Repeated readings and literary performances help students with their reading accuracy, expression, and rate.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.
Grades 4 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 16
Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
Grades 3 – 12 | Printout | Assessment Tool
This rubric is designed to be used for any Readers Theatre performance. Students are scored both individually in the areas of delivery and cooperation and as a group in the area of active, on-task participation.
Grades 1 – 5 | Strategy Guide
Readers Theatre integrates oral reading, literature, and the performing arts. This strategy can entice the most reluctant and disinterested reader to become engaged in reading.
Grades 6 – 12 | Strategy Guide
This Strategy Guide describes the processes involved in composing and producing audio files that are published online as podcasts.
Grades K – 6 | Professional Library | Journal
This article describes how Readers Theatre was implemented as an engaging means for reading fluency instruction in a second-grade classroom.