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 THING THAT GLOWS IN THE DARK - YOUNGER READERS
Readers Theater, Younger Readers
On Hallowe'en night Pam and Ron, Jan and Pete, dress themselves for "Trick or Treat!"
THE TOWN WITH A VERY SPECIAL SOUND - YOUNGER READERS
Readers Theater Version, Younger Readers
The chorus of this script asks the readers to duplicate many of the sounds that come from trains. To make the reading even more fun, the chorus can be read to the rhythm of a real train as it chug-a-lugs along the tracks. These are easy-reader lines for children who can read simple words and phrases.
THE TRICKSY MOUNTAIN ELVES
Knowing that the elves love meatloaf and never, ever eat breakfast, helps the pair outsmart their unwanted guests.
A cheese pie baked in a jar lid, a chicken casserole baked in an egg shell, and a meatloaf baked in a sewing thimble are part of the plan.
Readers: 6 Script
Length: 9 Pages
Performance time: 5 minutes
Set in the mountain country. An innkeeper and his very capable wife find their inn invaded by invisible tricksy mountain elves.
THE UNICORN AND THE YOUNG ARABIAN ORYX
The Arabian Oryx is known as "The Unicorn of the Desert" and there is even a legend about how that name came to be. This Readers Theater script takes the legend one step further by telling the tale of a young oryx who dreams of being a unicorn.