This piece is a reader’s theater that corresponds with Chapter 7 of “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. It includes teacher instructions for implementation. It can be used as an introduction to the chapter, as a practice for close reading strategies, or as a review.
The product is a script 5 pages in length where students will assume the role of characters from the novel and perform the chapter in a dramatic fashion. The dialogue in the script is taken exactly from the novel. This Reader's Theater is set in the form of a talk show. There is a student who assumes the role of talk show host, and the students run the activity themselves. The reader’s theater is active learning and dramatic in flare. It is very appealing to reluctant and struggling readers. There is an exit activity attached to the reader’s theater for a summative assessment.
I conduct these types of reader’s theater frequently in my seventh grade classroom. The students are always engaged and excited about the day. When the students come into my classroom and see it is set up for a reader’s theater, they often come in requesting roles and ready to learn.