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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.

SILLY, SILLY, SILLY

Readers Theater Scripts

Thomas Stern is engaged to his neighbor, Mary Sillatoe, and thinks she might be the "silliest girl in the world." He goes off on a quest to find someone sillier, and does.

SILLY WILLY CANADA GOOSE WAR

Readers Theater Scripts

"Once upon a time, a farmer's wife went out to her garden to dig carrots. Instead, she dug up a pot of gold." Sounds simple enough, but the plot thickens as greedy kinfolk descend upon the farm hoping to get their hands on the treasure.

SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE: THE UNTOLD STORY

Readers Theater Scripts

Too old for nursery rhymes? Maybe not. In this version of a well known nursery rhyme, a King, Queen, Maid, and Knave take this tale in a whole new direction!

Slow Down Christmas! (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Elementary School Readers

Christmas is coming way too fast! The shopping isn't done, the wrapping paper is lost, three trees have already been rejected, and there's still no turkey to put on the plate.

SPEAK UP, REACH OUT, BE A FRIEND - OLDER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

A Combination Choral & Readers Theater Script, Older Readers 

What is bullying behavior? And, once you know how to recognize it, what can individual students do to help stamp it out? This script addresses both questions as readers unite to "speak up, reach out, and be a friend".

SPEAK UP, REACH OUT, BE A FRIEND - YOUNGER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

For both Primary and Intermediate Readers 

What is bullying behavior? And, once you know how to recognize it, what can individual students do to help stamp it out?

SPIES AND SECRETS

Readers Theater Scripts

The Battle for Independence A Revolutionary War Readers Theater Script for Intermediate/Advanced Readers

SWEET PORRIDGE

Readers Theater Scripts

A poor, hungry girl goes into the woods to pick berries. There, an old woman gives her a magic cooking pot. Magic things happen!

TAXES, TAXES, TAXES

Readers Theater Scripts

Prelude to the American Revolutionary War A Revolutionary War Readers Theater Script for

Intermediate/Advanced Readers 

TELL US ABOUT THE USA - OLDER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Readers

Understanding how our constitution was conceived and what it means isn't easy, especially if you're still in elementary school. This script was written to introduce young readers to just those concepts.

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