What is Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre?
Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre (CBRT) incorporates the basics of traditional readers theatre—actors reading aloud from a script, performing without costumes, props, or stage movement (blocking). But instead of scripts that are based on stories or literature, CBRT scripts use school content areas as their topics—Science, Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts topics, for example. Students who read, re-read, repeat, and rehearse a CBRT script in preparation for performance tend to remember the information in the text.
This five-page guide provides answers to the following questions:
--How are the scripts used in the classroom?
--What do you do when you come to the stage directions for [gesture] and/or [sound effect]?
--What is a stage direction that is simply an X in brackets [X]?
--May the CBRT scripts be altered in any ways? (YES—Absolutely!)
--How are CBRT rehearsals conducted?
--How do the repeated readings of the scripts increase reading fluency?
--How important is it that the students perform the CBRT script?
--Are there any videos of CBRT in action with students?
--Who is the author, Rosalind Flynn?
--A Sample CBRT Script on FRACTIONS and DECIMALS.