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.

Grandma and the Ankole Bull (Younger Elementary School Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater

An African grandmother and her grandson travel across the Sahara desert to the Village Watutu. They bring with them an Ankole bull who not only has the largest horns anyone has ever seen, but also the loudest "moo" anyone has ever heard.

Hansel and Gretel (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

Older Elementary School Readers 

A masterful re-telling of this well-known tale. This can be a Readers Theater script, but your students might also want to rehearse this one to perfection, memorize the lines, and perform the piece for parents or other classes.

Hey, Hey, It's Valentine's Day! (Readers Theater)

Readers Theater Scripts

Older Elementary School Readers

In this comical rhyming script, our Valentine-to-be not only explores a variety of delivery options, but also wraps him/herself in paper, showers in chocolate, is sprinkled with glitter, dusted with sugar, scrubs with smelly soap, and rolls in the glue. Ah, the things we do for love!

Home Sweet Home, My Habitat!

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

This script was created to introduce or reinforce five important environmental terms: HABITAT, ADAPTATION, PROPAGATION/POLLINATION, ENDANGERED SPECIES, and FOOD CHAIN

How the Jackrabbit Got His Long Ears

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

A Legend from the Sonoran Desert

How The Robin Got Its Red Breast (Older Elementary School Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater

Adapted from a Pacific Northwest Sechelt Indian Legend.

How to Beat the Bully

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Elementary School Readers

A "victim" and a "bully" cross paths after school and sparks fly. A friend, two bystanders, and the victim's mother play a part in finding a way to outsmart that bully - once and for all.

I'm an Ant!

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Elementary School Readers

Teaching a unit on insects? Here's a story poem about what it's like to be an ant! Eight readers tell us how busy a worker ant's life can be and, in doing so, impart a few important "ant facts" along the way.

If I Lived In Africa (RT, Older Elementary School Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater

If I lived in Africa, would I be a wild dog, a warthog, a meerkat, a cheetah, a camel, an antelope? Nope. A soon as I chose one, I think of another intriguing animal, and then I change my mind.

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