Reader’s Theatre

For Fluency, Comprehension and Engagement

Reader's theater is a highly engaging, collaborative literacy activity that has students practice and perform short scripts, which are often adapted from literature.

Children love to use their imaginations in play. Reader's theater allows students to use their vivid imaginations and hone presentation skills.Using minimalist props, students rely on expressive voices as they read directly from their scripts to convey meaning and emotion to the audience — no memorization of lines needed.

Activities

Children will read a story.
Talk about a story.
Act out a story.
Think about a story.
Rewrite the story.

Program Outline

Day 1
  • 09.00: welcome and ice breakers
  • 09.30: looking for a favourite story (quiet reading)
  • 10.00: identifying characters, setting, and plot in the favourite story (individual activity sheets)
  • 10.30: criteria for performance, choosing a story to practice
  • 11.00: designing the background, roles, and script
  • 11.30: closure
  • 12.00: end of day 1
Day 2
  • 09.00: recap and ice breakers
  • 09.30: reading the script, writing down parts
  • 10.00: practising dialogue with one another
  • 10.30: criteria for performance, what’s good, what can be improved
  • 11.00: designing the background, roles, and script
  • 11.30: practising dialogue with one another (trading parts)
  • 12.00: end of day 2
Day 3
  • 09.00: review of dialogue and ice breakers
  • 09.30: reading the script together
  • 10.00: the performance
  • 10.30: criteria for performance, what did you enjoy/ most funny?
  • 11.00: making up your own story
  • 11.30: closure
  • 12.00: end of day 3