Scripts for Schools

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.

THE CRAZY DESERT CRITTERS, North America

Readers Theater Scripts

North America 

Same plot as I-72, but this story-in-rhyme includes a silly old man and a pizza eating boy who know a lot about side-blotched lizards, round-tailed squirrels, tortoise/reptiles, kit foxes, and bobcats (North American animals).

THE CREAKY DOOR

Readers Theater Scripts

A young boy is afraid to sleep in a bedroom which has the "creakiest, squeakiest door in the entire world." Grandma decides to put the family pets into his bed in the hope that they will keep the boy company during the night.

THE CUPID ENCOUNTER - OLDER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Readers

Who will be your valentine, what kind of card will you send, what type of gift will you give, how about your choice of romantic music? In this comical script, the readers tell how they finally discourage a very determined Cupid.

THE DESERT BOY WHO WAS ALWAYS HUNGRY!

Readers Theater Scripts

Set in the desert. This traditional swallowing tale tells of a boy who lives in a tiny cabana with his grandmother. One day, grandmother forgets to prepare any food.

THE DESERT CRITTERS

Readers Theater Scripts

A little girl meets a packrat who wants to come to breakfast, a jackrabbit who wants to come to lunch, a warthog who wants to come to tea, and a camel who wants to come to dinner. She's delighted, but can't find a menu to please them. This script features desert animals from around the world.

THE DESERT CRITTERS - YOUNGER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

2 For Lower Primary Readers

A little girl meets a packrat who wants to come to breakfast, a jackrabbit who wants to come to lunch, a ground squirrel who wants to come to tea, and a chuckwalla who wants to come to dinner. She's delighted, but can't find a menu to please them. This script features desert animals from North America.

THE DINOSAUR'S DINNER

Readers Theater Scripts

A young girl meets a Brontosaurus who wants to come to breakfast, an Anatosaurus who wants to come to lunch, a Stegasaurus who wants to come to tea, and a Brachiosaurus who wants to come to dinner. She's delighted, but can't find a menu to please any of them.

THE DINOSAUR'S DINNER - YOUNGER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

A little girl meets a Brontosaurus who wants to come to breakfast, an Anatosaurus who wants to come to lunch, a Stegasaurus who wants to come to tea, and a Brachiosaurus who wants to come to dinner. She's delighted, but can't find a menu to please them.

THE DOUBLE NINTH DAY

Readers Theater Scripts

The Origins of The Double Ninth Day. A Fanciful Folk Tale for Intermediate/Advanced Readers.

THE FAST SKIPPIN' CACTUS POT

Readers Theater Scripts

Another re-telling of a traditional fairytale: Back in the days when "javelinas could whistle and pots could talk," a poor hungry husband and wife trade their skinny peccary for a cooking pot made from a hollowed-out barrel cactus.

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