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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.

THE GREAT-GILA MONSTER, WACKY-WOODPECKER WAR

Readers Theater Scripts

Once upon a time, a desert woman chased a fringe-toed lizard into a hole her garden. She then tried to dig him out, and dug up a pot of gold instead.

THE GREAT RACE

Readers Theater Scripts

Set in Canada. "Once, when animals ran the government, a female groundhog from British Columbia won an election in her riding and became an Honorable Member of Parliament."

THE HANUKKAH HOMECOMING - YOUNGER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

Younger Readers

A"Draw and Read" story. Two little mice lose their way during a walk in the woods.

THE HAPPY MAN

Readers Theater Scripts

King Landor is faced with a seventeen year old son who has lost the will tolive. "Old Jack" is summoned to speak to the boy and prescribe a remedy.

THE HEN AND THE NEIGHBORS ROOSTER

Readers Theater Scripts

Set in Canada. An extremely intelligent hen goes off in search of riches. She flies to Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and perches upon the Minister of Finance's rosewood desk.

THE KING OF THE CATS

Readers Theater Scripts

Set along a rocky coast. A grave-digger returns home to tell of his eerie encounter with nine black cats who marched through the fog to deliver a message: "Tell Tom Toldrum that Tim Tildrum is dead. Tell him, or your life won't be worth living!"

THE LAKE OF THE SISTERS AND THE TREE BROTHERS

Readers Theater Scripts

This is a beautiful legend that describes how The Lake of the Sisters on Mount Ali was created.

THE LEGEND OF SUN-MOON LAKE

Readers Theater Scripts

Two Versions: Intermediate & Advanced 

A Legend: The Origin of the Holding Ball Dance. This legend follows two young people, ShuiSheJie and DaJianGe, on a quest to find the missing sun and moon.

THE LEGEND OF THE BLUE LIZARD - OLDER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

A Cahuilla Indian Legend from the Coachella Valley Readers Theater for Elementary School Readers

DUPLICATION RIGHTS INCLUDED

The Lion and the Mouse - Younger Readers

Readers Theater Scripts

One of Aesop's most popular fables, The Lion and The Mouse tells the story of a tiny creature who proves just how big he can really be!

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