Reader’s Theater with a Technology Twist Presented by Kathy Schmidt, Media Specialist & Janet Zawacki, 4 th  grade Gifted ...
<ul><li>This is a GREEN Presentation.  </li></ul><ul><li>Find this slide show and presentation notes at </li></ul><ul><li>...
Reyna
What is Reader’s Theater??  <ul><li>Staged reading of scripts that are based on a work of literature </li></ul><ul><li>Emp...
Why Reader’s Theater? <ul><li>Increase Reading fluency </li></ul><ul><li>Increased comprehension of the text </li></ul><ul...
Jenna
The Collaboration <ul><li>How it happened </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporating  Reader’s Theater into the curriculum </li></ul>...
2 nd  Quarter <ul><li>Script:  A Bad Case of Stripes  by David Shannon </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing – working on </li></ul...
The Tech Twist <ul><li>Podcasting –  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recorded using Audacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stored using...
3rd Quarter <ul><li>Non-Fiction scripts:  </li></ul><ul><li>When Rain Falls  by Melissa Stewart </li></ul><ul><li>Under Th...
Michael
The Tech Twist <ul><li>Art work created by students put into PowerPoint to use as a back drop for presentation </li></ul><...
4 th  Quarter <ul><li>Writing their own Scripts </li></ul><ul><li>They choose from picture books we chose,  </li></ul><ul>...
Grant
The Results <ul><li>More than 50% of our students raised their Language Arts CRCT scores </li></ul><ul><li>More than 50% o...
New Tech Twists This year <ul><li>Student blogs </li></ul><ul><li> http://rtreflectionstue.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li...
Resources <ul><li>Scripts: </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Heart </li></ul><ul><li>Aaron Shep </li></ul><ul><li>Melissa Stewart...
Resources <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger   http://www.blogger.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity   http://audac...
Resources <ul><li>References/Articles </li></ul><ul><li>American Libraries:  From Children’s Literature to Reader’s Theate...
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  1. 1. Reader’s Theater with a Technology Twist Presented by Kathy Schmidt, Media Specialist & Janet Zawacki, 4 th grade Gifted teacher Rock Springs Elementary, Lawrenceville, GA
  2. 2. <ul><li>This is a GREEN Presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Find this slide show and presentation notes at </li></ul><ul><li>http://librarystew.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. Reyna
  4. 4. What is Reader’s Theater?? <ul><li>Staged reading of scripts that are based on a work of literature </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on the text </li></ul><ul><li>Limited movement, no costumes, no props </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Reader’s Theater? <ul><li>Increase Reading fluency </li></ul><ul><li>Increased comprehension of the text </li></ul><ul><li>Building Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Improved public speaking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Increased self-confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Exposing students to different genres </li></ul>
  6. 6. Jenna
  7. 7. The Collaboration <ul><li>How it happened </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporating Reader’s Theater into the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the time </li></ul>
  8. 8. 2 nd Quarter <ul><li>Script: A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing – working on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fluency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiggling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expression </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Tech Twist <ul><li>Podcasting – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recorded using Audacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stored using OurMedia (this year we are storing on Podbean) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uploaded to my Blog (this year will be uploaded to student blog) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 3rd Quarter <ul><li>Non-Fiction scripts: </li></ul><ul><li>When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart </li></ul><ul><li>Under The Snow by Melissa Stewart </li></ul><ul><li>Scripts from her website: </li></ul><ul><li>www.melissa-stewart.com </li></ul>
  11. 11. Michael
  12. 12. The Tech Twist <ul><li>Art work created by students put into PowerPoint to use as a back drop for presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Had students narrate the slideshow and upload it to PowerShow.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.powershow.com/view/2aa5d9-ZDA5M/Under_the_Snow_readers_theater </li></ul><ul><li>I uploaded it to my blog, and we get a comment from Author Melissa Stewart! </li></ul><ul><li>http://celebratescience.blogspot.com/2010/04/friday-fun.html </li></ul>
  13. 13. 4 th Quarter <ul><li>Writing their own Scripts </li></ul><ul><li>They choose from picture books we chose, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good dialogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funny </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A variety of characters in the story </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final choices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Grant
  15. 15. The Results <ul><li>More than 50% of our students raised their Language Arts CRCT scores </li></ul><ul><li>More than 50% of our students raised their Reading CRCT scores </li></ul>
  16. 16. New Tech Twists This year <ul><li>Student blogs </li></ul><ul><li> http://rtreflectionstue.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://rtreflectionsthurs.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>SKYPE author visit ??? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Resources <ul><li>Scripts: </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Heart </li></ul><ul><li>Aaron Shep </li></ul><ul><li>Melissa Stewart (Author) </li></ul><ul><li>Margie Palatini (Author) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Resources <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger http://www.blogger.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>PodBean http://www.podbean.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>PowerShow http://www.powershow.com/?u=pp&t=a </li></ul>
  19. 19. Resources <ul><li>References/Articles </li></ul><ul><li>American Libraries: From Children’s Literature to Reader’s Theater (April 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>School Library Journal: Have You Heard the Word (Dec. 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Scholastic Instructor: The Power of Reader’s Theater (Jan/Feb 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Skype an Author Network Wiki </li></ul>

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