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Reading Idol! Bringing Readers Theatre Center Stage in Your Classroom

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer M. Nelson

Jennifer M. Nelson

McDonough, Georgia


International Literacy Association


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Student Interactives

Calendar Activities


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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Readers Theatre

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

Improving Fluency through Group Literary Performance

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.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Trading Card Creator

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   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

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).


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Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 4

Today is World Read Aloud Day.

Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Printout  |  Assessment Tool

Readers Theatre Rubric

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.


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Teaching With Podcasts

This Strategy Guide describes the processes involved in composing and producing audio files that are published online as podcasts.


Grades   1 – 5  |  Strategy Guide

Readers Theatre

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.


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Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Implementing Readers Theatre as an approach to classroom fluency instruction

This article describes how Readers Theatre was implemented as an engaging means for reading fluency instruction in a second-grade classroom.


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