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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.

A Tortoise, of Course - (Readers Theater, Older Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

What's that moving on the land, almost invisible in the sand, close to the ground, patiently plodding, treading slowly, tenderly bobbing, bald head weaving, bouncing, nodding? See? What can it be?

A Valentine Rhyme: Take Five (Older Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Younger Elementary School Readers

Five fancy, funny, frilly, fantastic, and "fudgy" Valentines are sent off to win a Valentine's heart. The sender swears there is nothing too good for the intended. Well, almost nothing.

An Awesome Plan

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary Readers

A SCRIPT ABOUT PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT 

In this story, a number of characters talk about capturing a wild animal, putting it in a cage, and feeding it people food. Is this a good plan?

An Early Visit From Santa Claus (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Elementary School Readers

A wonderful Christmas Greeting for your entire school and just the thing for a library or assembly program! This script is written so that you may insert your school's name into the text as your readers tell the story of how and why Santa snuck into your city/town to pay an early visit to your very own school.

Anansi and the Five Yam Plants (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Elementary School Readers

Anansi the trickster is a cunning and intelligent spider, and one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore.

Ardith Magee and the Christmas Shopping Spree (Older Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

Readers Theater Version, Older Readers

Reading parts in this script are divided among narrators, Ardith, Mother, and Father, their pet alligator, armadillo, anteater, antelope, and antosaurus.

Ardith Magee and the Christmas Shopping Spree (Younger Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Younger Elementary School Readers

Readers Theater Version, Younger Readers Ardith Magee has four pets: an alligator, an armadillo, an anteater, an antelope, and an antosaurus. She decides to take each on a Christmas shopping spree to the local mall.

Babushka's Story (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

Grandmother Babushka brings gifts to the children of Russia each Christmas Eve. She is an important "gift-giver" there and her story has become a well-known Christmas legend.

Big Brother and the Elfin Woman

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

A young hockey fan discovers an obnoxious elfin woman in his kitchen and decides not to tell the sprite his real name.

Bony Marony and Go Home Goldie

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Younger Elementary School Readers

"Bony Marony" is an upbeat version of the old nursery rhyme, "Little Rabbit Foo Foo.""Go Home Goldie" is a fun and fast-moving version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

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