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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.

Owl's Perfect Valentine

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater, Older Readers 

Same basic plot as the popular primary version of this story, but more sophisticated. Four readers relate the tale of Oliver the owl who wastes his time searching for the "perfect valentine".

Owl's Perfect Valentine (Younger Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater

Here's another holiday "draw and read" story for primary readers. Teacher narrates this tale about Oliver the wise old owl who is searching for a perfect valentine.

PAULETTE PIOLAT FAIT DES ACHATS DE NOEL

Readers Theater Scripts

Primary Script Paulette Piolat a cinq animaux: un alligator, un ane, un aigle, une antilope et un anatosaure. Elle decide d'amener chaque animal faire des achats de Noel au centre d'achats du quartier.

Peg Leg Joe and the Drinking Gourd (Older Elementary School Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version

In this story-poem script, 12 SOLO READERS and an ALL CHORUS tell about Joe, the song, and the code within the song, that helped slaves in the 1800's find freedom in the north.

Pop Until We Drop

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version, Older Readers

This story poem explores the life of a popcorn seed from soil to cooking pot and imparts a few important "popcorn facts" along the way. There's always something fascinating to learn about plants, especially this popular confection!

Remembering on Memorial Day

Readers Theater Scripts

A Readers Theater Script for Intermediate Readers

Ring those Christmas Bells (Older Elementary School Readers

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version

Did you know that in Iceland, thirteen Yuletide Lads bring gifts to children and also play nasty tricks on them?

Run turkey, Run (Finger Play Primary Version)

Readers Theater Scripts

Run turkey, Run (Finger Play Primary Version)

A Finger Play Story for Early Primary Grades

Thanksgiving is just not a good time for turkeys. As the day approaches, it's certainly time to RUN TURKEY, RUN! "Run turkey, run, Thanksgiving is fun. It's fun for most, But not for the roast!"

Run turkey, Run (Older Elementary School Readers)

Readers Theater Scripts

Readers Theater Version

Five fat turkeys stand in a line and survey their kingdom. They proudly fluff their feathers, prance, twist, and turn. They know Thanksgiving is coming, but they're not worried.

SHADOW, SHADOW! - YOUNGER READERS

Readers Theater Scripts

What's more fun than a shadow? Why, it can follow you anywhere and, if the light is right, do exactly what you do. Who else will stick to you like glue and do exactly as you do?

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