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 SIGN-UP - OLDER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

During recess, two students set up tables near the principal's office and attempt to sign other students up for two different teams: The DO TEAM and The DON'T TEAM. Each student wants to get the most sign-ups and thinks his/her team is better and totally different from the other.

THE SORCERER'S SPRING ROLL

Readers Theater Scripts

A Fairy Tale based on "The Gingerbread Man" for Beginning Readers.

THE STORY OF CHU YUAN

Readers Theater Scripts

A Readers Theater Script for Beginning Readers: The Origin of the Dragon Boat Festival.

THE STORY OF SUN MOON LAKE

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Younger Readers Origins of The Holding Ball Dance

THE STORY OF THE DRAGON GOD OF RICE

Readers Theater Scripts

Did you know The Lantern Festival is celebrated because of an old man's dream and a thirsty snake?

THE STORY OF THE NINES TIMES TABLE - OLDER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version

The writer of this piece always had trouble with the Nine Times Table. And so, in memory of those agonizing school days, she has written a script about that very table.

THE SWEET MESQUITE PORRIDGE POT

Readers Theater Scripts

A re-telling of a traditional fairytale: A poor hungry girl, living high in the mountains, goes out to pick mesquite pods. There an old woman gives her a magic cooking pot.

THE SWEET MESQUITE PORRIDGE POT - YOUNGER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

A re-telling of a traditional fairytale: A poor hungry girl goes out to pick mesquite pods and an old woman gives her a magic cooking pot.

THE TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC

Readers Theater Scripts

Freddy Teddy Bear checks his calendar to find that it is once again time for the Teddy Bears' Picnic. He plans the menu, then calls Betty Teddy Bear to tell her what to bring to the picnic. Freddy says, "You bring the hot dogs and the buns. I'll bring the mustard, tons and tons!"

THE TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC - YOUNGER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

Freddy Teddy Bear checks his calendar to find that it is once again time for the Teddy Bears' Picnic. He plans the menu, then calls Betty Teddy Bear to tell her what to bring to the picnic. A suprise make the picnic complete!

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