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 SIGN-UP - OLDER READERS
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 STORY OF THE NINES TIMES TABLE - OLDER READERS
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 TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC
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!"