Reader's Theatre

Trying Something New

News Anchors -- Ruby Red and Pete Charming 

This year our Middle School Head, Tabetha Sullens, asked me to help with an after lunch program.  I work the most with our Seniors at Webb, but the past couple of years I have been working more and more with our Middle School program.  Tabetha asked if I could conduct a "Reader's Theatre" to help with both reading skills and as a secondary benefit, feed our Theatre program.  So, I said sure, I am up for that.  Guess what, the kids had fun, and some of them want to come back!

Reader's Theatre for Middle School

Food Reporter - Gore May
Today we read a  Fractured Fairy Tale script.
This was a Live news report from "Fairy Tale News."

Sports Reporter - Katie Lean

Here are some resources that I found with curriculum tie-ins:

  • Greek Myth Plays: 10 Readers Theater Scripts Based on Favorite Greek Myths That Students Can Read and Reread to Develop Their Fluency  -- Pugliano-Martin, Carol
  • Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper and Other Zany Fractured Fairy Tale Plays: 5 Funny Plays with Related Writing Activities and Graphic Organizers  -- Wolf, Joan M.
  • Reader's Theater Scripts: Improve Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension: Grades 6-8 -- Gail Skroback Hennessey
  • World History Readers' Theater, Grades 5-8  -- Smith, Robert W.
  • US History Readers' Theater Grd 5 & up  -- Smith, Robert W.
David Dashing
Reporter - Hasket Hansen

Tips from Scholastic
Benefits of Using Readers Theater in the Classroom or Library?
Readers Theater helps to….
  • develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.
  • increase comprehension.
  • integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context.
  • engage students.
  • increase reading motivation.
  • create confidence and improve the self-image of students.
  • provide a real purpose for reading.
  • provide opportunities for cooperative learning.


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