Performing Readers' Theater in the Classroom: How, When, and Why (Video)

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Deb Hanson
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3rd - 6th
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Are you considering having your students perform a Readers' Theater? In this video, I share my 5-day lesson plan for implementing a weeklong Readers' Theater unit in my classroom.

This 34-minute video addresses these questions:

→ Why take the time to do Readers' Theater?

→ When are good times to do Readers' Theater?

→ How do you facilitate a Readers' Theater unit?

The majority of the video is spent answering the last question, as I display and explain the activities I on each day of my unit (usually Monday through Friday). Two of the activities include a fluency rubric anchor chart and self evaluation.

This video also includes a 7-page supporting document. The first three pages is a handout that briefly answers the three questions outlined in the video, and is designed to be a tool for future reference.

The final four pages include printables:

→ my fluency rubric, which evaluates expression, accuracy, punctuation, rate, phrasing, volume, and stress.

→ the self-evaluation form for students to complete on Day 3.

→ the self-evaluation form for students to complete on Day 4.

→ the self-evaluation form for students to complete on Day 5 after their final performance.

In this video, I reference the FREE fluency posters I have available in my TpT store. Click here to view and download these free posters.

This video and all supporting documents are for personal classroom use only. No part of this resource may be used in the creation of any type of new resource.

(c) 2016 Deb Hanson, All Rights Reserved

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