What is Reader’s Theatre?
o Readers reading an adapted script
o Develop fluency through repeated readings
o Students read out loud with expression
o Students read/not memorize
o Props may be used
(Cornwall, 2014) Photo courtesy of Chris Tse
Why Do Reader’s Theatre?
Reading develops fluency and comprehension
Helps to build confidence
Brings authentic context to repeated reading
Allows students to work cooperatively
Increase students’ motivation
Can use with all ages
Implementing Reader’s Theatre
Process takes five days
Day 1: Model reading scripts
Use expression and gestures
Students read entire script independently
(Young, 2012) Photo courtesy of Fancy Jantzi
Reader’s Theatre Day 2 & 3
Day 2: Read all parts
Work on word identification
Day 3: Read with expression
Continue to practice
Reader’s Theater Day 4 & 5
Day 4: Practice like performance
Day 5: Performance
Invite others to watch
Image courtesy of COD Library
What Does it Look Like?
Watch a video of reader’s theatre
Chris Young’s second graders
Photo courtesy of Alan Cleaver
Sources of Scripts
Adapt picture books
Student created scripts
Web resources for scripts:
Cleaver, A. (2009). [Image]. Retrieved from https://flic.kr/p/6bWCDL.
COD Library. (2008). [Image]. Retrieved from https://flic.kr/p/5ndjjM.
Cornwall, L. (2014). What is Reader’s Theatre? Scholastic. Retrieved
Discovery Education, . Close up Front View of Girl with Book. [Image].
Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
Jantzi, F. (2011).[Image]. Retrieved from https://flic.kr/p/9cWPbj.
Tse, Chris. (2013). [Image]. Retrieved from https://flic.kr/p/dTPze2.
Young, C. (2012). Implementing Readers’ Theatre. [video]. Retrieved