Reader’s theater is an exciting method to use in language learning and reading practice! For many students, it represents a welcome break from regular activities tied to reading. It's easy with this ready made and differentiated script!
Reader’s theater is carried out by a group of at least two reading partners. A script is divided into smaller units/parts, and the students take turns reading out loud. When the roles are divided prior to performing the script, students have time to study their lines. This provides a safe environment for them to read in. With differentiated parts, it’s easy to adapt to different reading levels, taking all students into account. Combining the reading performance with dramatization is also possible.
This reader's theater in particular is called "The Valentine’s Day Dance".
SUMMARY: Jabari is new to Bookworm Elementary School and the upcoming Valentine’s Day dance is making him anxious. Jabari worries everyone will have someone to go with except him. His new friends Jinan, Myra, Sunnie, and Aaron all try to help him face his fear of coming to the dance all alone.
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In this resource you will receive:
✔ Reader's theater script (5 pages)
✔ 6 differentiated parts
✔ Role cards
✔ 4 reading response pages
✔ teacher information with a suggested weekly lesson plan
Benefits to reader's theater:
• Emotional benefits to reader’s theater
Students who are passive and have a low self-esteem will benefit from working with reader’s theaters. They will have positive experiences with reading and text work, increasing their confidence and enthusiasm for reading and performing. Since reader’s theater is group/learning partner-based, no students have to carry the sole responsibility. This means that all the attention isn’t directed toward just one person, but toward the group as a whole. For a struggling reader, this may be a welcome relief. Many students get so wrapped up in helping others with reading and their text work that they «forget» some of the anxiety they have tied to reading out loud. Students also gain confidence in performing the text because they get to read and practice it several times, rather than reading «on the fly». Positive reading experiences increase the motivation for continued reading.
• Cognitive and academic benefits to reader’s theater
Research shows that students who participate in reader’s theater how a greater progress in, among other things: reading comprehension, word recognition and reading speed – more so than their peers in the control group. This progress also proves to be cumulative, as it appears in a variety of texts (scripts, fact, fiction, articles). The students gain skills that transfer to texts they meet in the future. While the students practice their parts, the teacher is free to move around the room and offer help as needed. An added bonus related to reading the same text repeatedly is that the focus on reading with intonation and pronunciation leads to a much better flow.
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