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Presentation and public speaking are lifetime skills, yet they are often implied not explicitly taught. Therefore many students fall behind because they are not informed of the lessons they are learning, or their importance. However, the idea of creating a presentation on one’s own can be daunting and possibly scary; therefore we will be using Reader’s Theater. Reader’s theater is a type of performance which consists of examining and rearranging previously written texts, and creating a new piece to a bigger theme. We will be using Reader’s Theater for many reasons including: the inclusion of other texts, and not writing completely original pieces which is a more complicated process, as well as theatrical performances can allow students more creativity with performance, and performing as a character can be less stressful than speaking to an audience as ourselves.
This product is a unit designed for high schoolers, and specifically for 9th and 10th grade standards. This unit centers on using traditional Reader's Theater which uses complied scripting, and requires students to delve into the meaning behind texts in order to create a performance of their own. This unit features 7 lessons including Intro to Reader’s Theater and Project, Choosing a Theme, Researching Texts and Appropriateness, Dramatistic Analysis, Presentation: Voice, Organization, and Scripting, Presentation: Style, and Rehearsal and Reflection. Each lesson includes lesson plans, notes for students and teachers, many activities, and all assessments including rubrics and instruction. This unit can be adapted to any English class, and would make a fun and different addition to your school year.