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Readers Theatre Rubric

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Readers Theatre Rubric

Grades 3 – 12
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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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Readers Theatre is a fun, interactive way to help students improve their reading fluency and oral speaking skills. Readers Theatre also gives students a chance to work cooperatively in groups and helps build their confidence, especially for reluctant readers. This rubric assesses students both individually in two major areas, delivery and cooperation, and as a group in the area of on-task participation. Delivery includes eye contact, expression, gestures, and use of props. Cooperation assesses students on how well they worked individually in a group and how well the group worked together overall. Give students the rubric ahead of time so they know and understand what they will be scored on. Discuss each of the major areas and how they relate to the Readers Theatre presentation. This rubric is flexible and can be used individually, for the whole group, or both.


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  • After students have completed their Readers Theatre presentations, ask them to do a self-assessment with the same rubric and conference with them to compare their self-assessment with your own assessment.

  • Provide students with several examples of Readers Theatre presentations before they plan and execute their own Readers Theatre. Ask students to evaluate and assess the exemplar presentations using the same rubric.

  • Students can do peer evaluations of the Readers Theatre using this rubric. Students can meet with a partner or in small groups to give each other feedback and explain their scoring.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools

Students read a work of realistic fiction about bullying and gain understanding through writing, Readers Theatre, and discussion.


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.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Integrating Literacy Into the Study of the Earth's Surface

Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface—does it get the instructional time it deserves in your busy curriculum? Students wade right in to the study of bodies of water as they read and discuss science trade books and work together to develop Readers Theater scripts based on selected titles.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Recording Readers Theatre: Developing Comprehension and Fluency With Audio Texts

Students investigate audio texts of mystery stories, evaluate them in terms of both literary and audio qualities, and create Readers Theatre scripts, which they use to record their own podcasts.


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   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Reading Idol! Bringing Readers Theatre Center Stage in Your Classroom

Students produce a Readers Theatre performance to compete to be named the Reading Idol. Students vote on the final performances and record them as podcasts.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting

This twist on readers theater has students prepare original news programs based on incidents in a recent reading, as they explore standard literary elements of character, conflict, resolution, and setting.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan

Get the Reel Scoop: Comparing Books to Movies

Students compare a book to its film adaptation, and then perform readers theater of a scene from the book that they feel was not well represented in the movie version.