Readers Theater Scripts

These Scripts for Schools Readers Theater scripts were created as a way to involve students in reading. In Reader's Theater, students "perform" by sharing parts and reading aloud. This is usually done without costumes or props, but not always.

RT is a strategy that combines reading practice and performing. Its goal is to enhance students' reading skills and confidence by practising reading with a purpose. Reader's Theater gives students a real reason to read aloud – and that reason is usually to prepare for some kind of performance! The performance can be confined to small groups within a classroom who perform for each other, or expanded to include larger audiences within your community. Whatever the audience, Readers Theater reaps many benefits:

Benefits of Using Readers Theater in the Classroom or Library. Readers Theater helps to

  1. Develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.
  2. Increase comprehension.
  3. Integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context, engage students.
  4. Increase reading motivation.
  5. Create confidence and improve the self-image of students.
  6. Provide a real purpose for reading.
  7. Provide opportunities for cooperative learning.

A Thanksgiving Surprise (Younger Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Younger Elementary School Readers

A draw and read story.

A poor hungry man, his wife, and a mouse, all live together in a round sod house. The story ends with the completed drawing of a turkey who is just in time for their Thanksgiving!

At Christmas Time (Readers Theater, Older Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Elementary School Readers 

Too much hustle, bustle, and holiday shopping sometimes causes us to forget the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place.

Holiday Harvest, Thanksgiving Time! (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Elementary School Readers

A quick search on the internet will yield a number of pages about The First Thanksgiving and the foods the pilgrims probably enjoyed on that special occasion. Does the menu differ from the Thanksgiving foods we eat today?

Remembering on Remembrance Day

Readers Theater Scripts

A Readers Theater Script for Intermediate Readers

The Christmas Star (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater for Older Elementary School Readers 

A proud star tells about that special night long ago when he/she was given the job of shining brightly above a lowly stable.

A Fashionable Ghost (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

A Fashionable Ghost

Readers Theater Version, Older Elementary School Readers

What do you do with a ghost who shows up on Halloween night dressed in the height of fashion and ready for a trendy night on the town?

A Holiday for Paddy O'Shay (Older Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

It is the "tip top of a St. Patrick's Day morning" when a shoe mending leprechaun named Paddy O'Shay decides to take the day off! Paddy grabs his "sprig of shillelagh" and strolls off to find a green sewing needle threaded with shamrock green thread.

A Holiday for Paddy O'Shay (Younger Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Younger Elementary School Readers

A shoe mending leprechaun, Paddy O'Shay, decides to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by taking the day off!

A Perfect Easter Treat!

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

What could be better than finding a giant chocolate bunny hidden under your kitchen table? This bunny is so special that it can't be eaten immediately!

A Soldier's Life

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Grades 6-12

The Revolutionary Way: The Battle for Independence

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