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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 MOUSE PRINCESS

Readers Theater Scripts

Celebrating The Third Night of the Chinese New Year. A Mouse King's search for a son-in-law who is "the most powerful in the world." This is a charming tale for all ages.

THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN CRADLE

Readers Theater Scripts

A Swedish Folktale, Older Readers Set on the Swedish island of Tjorn, this tale tells the story of a mysterious shipwreck - and more!

THE NEW GUY AND THE OLD FRIEND

Readers Theater Scripts

A Script About Conflict Management

Two high school girls meet "the new guy at school" and sparks fly as they each vie for the rights to his attention.

THE PACKRAT- OLDER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

Dropped a dime in the desert, popped a button in the sand. Lost a marble near a cactus, and I'm sure you understand - these things are gone forever. They're not just out on loan. Now piled with chunks of cholla, ARE A PACKRAT'S HOME!

THE PRINCESS WHO TALKED TOO MUCH

Readers Theater Scripts

Three brothers from the Kingdom of Goddado journey to the Kingdom of Yak to enter a contest in which they hope to "get the last word in a conversation" with the princess who talks too much.

THE QUEEN'S STAIRWAY

Readers Theater Scripts

"No, no, with due respect. I won't do it. It can't be done," says the Lady-in-Waiting when she is ordered to pluck a star from the sky for her queen's jewelry collection. "Anything's possible, if you put your head to it," replies the queen.

THE RAT PRINCESS

Readers Theater Scripts

A Rat King decides that his exceptional daughter must marry "only the most powerful in all the world." He sets forth on a journey to find the perfect husband.

THE ROLY RICE BALLS

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Japanese folklore contains many stories about kind people who live next door to mean people. In this version of that theme, a poor but kind old man follows three rice balls as they roll into a hole.

THE ROLY RICE BALLS FROM TAIWAN

Readers Theater Scripts

The rice balls roll into a hole under the nutmeg tree and when the old man follows to retrieve them, the adventure begins.

THE SHOEMAKER AND THE ELVES - OLDER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

This has been written as a Christmas script, but may also be performed on any other occasion by simply changing the references to Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother's Day, or even the Shoemaker's wife's birthday!

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