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.
Bride of the Klondike: Keeper of the Flame (Readers Theater)
Readers Theater, Grades 5-9
When Ethel Berry stepped off the ship Excelsior in July of 1897, a great adventure lay ahead of her.
Easter Draw and Read (Older Elementary School Readers)
A Draw and Read Story
Readers read thirteen verses, but stop after each verse to draw a simple shape on the blackboard or display pad. The circus has come to town and has hung a banner inside the main tent announcing "Special Guest Star! Easter Thrills and More!"
Easter Draw and Read (Younger Elementary School Readers)
A Draw and Read Story
The circus has come to town announcing "Special Guest Star! Easter Thrills and More!" No one, including the clowns, know the identity of the special guest star, the Easter Bunny, of course.
Good Manners Count! (Readers Theater Version)
Readers Theater, Younger Elementary School Readers
A first grade teacher e-mailed to ask if we had a script about "manners" that would be suitable for the age and average reading level of the students in question. We didn't have one at the time, but we do now!
Grandma and the Ankole Bull (Older Elementary School Readers)
An African grandmother and her grandson travel across the Sahara desert with an Ankole bull.