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
- Develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.
- Increase comprehension.
- Integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context, engage students.
- Increase reading motivation.
- Create confidence and improve the self-image of students.
- Provide a real purpose for reading.
- Provide opportunities for cooperative learning.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Older Elementary School Readers)
This version of the old tale, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, may be read and performed by a combination of ages and/or reading levels. However, the main character parts will probably work best for older readers.
THE CITY MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE - OLDER READERS
Pheobe, the country mouse receives an invitation to visit her cousin, Valerie, in the city.
THE CRAZY DESERT CRITTERS, Africa
This story-in-rhyme includes a silly old man and a pizza eating boy who know a lot about meerkats, warthogs, camels, fennic foxes, and sand cats. As the old man describes each animal, the boy reacts as follows: surprised, amazed, dumbfounded, bewildered, and astonished!