Trying Something New
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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
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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.
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.