Readers' Theatre. An alternative to the school play pc

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1. Definition
2. The value of RT in ELT
3. The value of RT for developing literacy skills
4. The value of RT for education
5. How to prepare an RT performance
a) Procedure
b) Selection of Materials
c) Scripting
d) Creating self made scripts
e) Staging
f) Rehearsal
g) Performance

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Readers' Theatre. An alternative to the school play pc

  1. 1. Readers’ Theatre:An Alternative to the School Play Susan Hillyard B.Ed (Hons)
  2. 2. What d’ya Know Joe?  What is Theatre?  What is Drama?  What is Reading? What is Readers’ Theatre?
  3. 3. What is Readers’ TheatreReaders’ Theatre is the process of reading a script aloud, in parts, using dramatization techniques.
  4. 4. The World is OursWe’re riding along We`ll do the hailingOn the crest of the wave While all the shipsAnd the sun is in the sky Are on the sailingLike a big red football We’re riding alongAll our eyes On the crest of the waveOn the distant horizon And the world is oursLook out for passers by Oi!!!!!!
  5. 5. Choral reading
  6. 6. Minimal Theatre
  7. 7. Comparison of Theatre and RT Greater Lesser Learning lines Use scripts Stage Any space Costume Minimal Make up No need Set No need Props Minimal Lighting For focus only Blocking Rows or minimal Rehearsal Minimal or more Stagefright Far less.
  8. 8. ExerciseJack and the Robbers Presented by YOU!
  9. 9. The Value of RT in ELT General Specific Cooperation Structures Gesture Vocabulary Facial gesture Pronunciation Eye contact Emphasis/Stress Turn Taking Volume /PitchLowering affective filter Pace/Rhythm Self esteem building Pausing/Silences Confidence building Fluency Presentation skills Expression
  10. 10. The Value of RT for developing Literacy SkillsEnhances reading skills: reading fluency and sight-word vocabulary, improving reading comprehension interpret dialogue and communicate meaning, a context for purposeful reading responding to and interpreting literature multiple readings of one text
  11. 11. Some Quotes Reader’s Theater "succeeds in giving the same suggestive push to the imaginations in the audience that the act of silent reading gives to the imagination of the perceptive silent reader". “Out of this spirited speech can come meaningful, flavourful language, worth the time and effort of writing and rewriting, phrasing, rehearsing, and reading aloud."
  12. 12. Readers Theatrebrings texts to life.
  13. 13. The fun they have draws them into reading.It helps introverted pupils to overcome their inhibitions because it is not threatening.Readers’ Theatre introduces the element of drama into literacy learning and magically transforms the classroom into a stage. During Readers’ Theatre time, the reader is at centre stage, totally absorbed in reading. The reader is a star.
  14. 14. The Value of RT for education Involves the WHOLE person Teaches communication skills Teaches thinking skills Teaches creativity and use of the imagination Teaches critical thinking and self assessment Teaches control and cooperation in group work
  15. 15. SPICE S- Social development P-Physical development I-Intellectual growth ( Cognitive ) C- Creative development E- Emotional Development
  16. 16. How to Prepare an RT Performance Selection of Materials Scripting Creating self made scripts Staging Rehearsal Performance
  17. 17. Selection of Materials Ready-made RT Scripts (net) Scripts/texts from seen or unseen materials Usually literature: poems, chants, raps, rhymes, stories, plays, dialogues, songs Factual pieces Negotiation/voting with class Imposition by T
  18. 18. Creating Self-Made Scripts Transformation from one mode to another (see handout ……story to RT Script) by T or Sts Original material written by T or Sts
  19. 19. Scripting to RT Familiarise Sts with the text/make meaning Read at home/silently/in groups/ T reads aloud Discuss plot, characterisation, gestures, lineup Visualise through drawing or storyboarding Pay attention to punctuation: colour code 1)characters’ dialogue, 2) narration Make agreements as whole class or in groups Allocate parts: appropriateness/willingness/standard
  20. 20. Staging Focus and concentration No corpsing Voice production: volume, tone, expression, pace, rhythm, timbre Gesture: facial, limbs, whole body, synchronisation, meaning making All or group? Arrangement of lineup Scripts in folders/ on clip boards/ music stands Decisions re: costume, lights, props, make up, sound effects
  21. 21. Rehearsal Agree times and dates Make a timetable and post it Agree on timeline Decide on format: straight in or warmers? Name tags/scripts/pens Director and student assistant DYB. DYB. DYB….. DOB. DOB. DOB. Feeling/emotion/passion/energy
  22. 22. Reader’s Theatre is "theatre of the imagination". It involves children in understanding their world, creating theirown scripts, reading aloud, performing witha purpose, and bringing enjoyment to both themselves and their audiences.
  23. 23. "Everyone needs to talk - to hear and to play with language, to exercise the mind and emotions and tongue together. Out of this spirited speech can come meaningful, flavourful language, worth the time and effort of writing and rewriting, phrasing, rehearsing, and reading aloud."
  24. 24. PerformanceJustDoIt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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