This teacher assigns students to parts and has them get up in front of the class to act out their parts. Focusing on expression and involvement, students follow along at their seats. Afterward, a discussion takes place on the story.
To successfully carry out a readers theater session in your classroom, follow the eight steps listed in this article to ensure success. Make reading fun again by introducing these in a fun way, helping students to learn more effectively by increasing comprehension and fluency as they follow along.
The most important step in readers theater is choosing the correct text. If students enjoy the story, they are more likely to follow along and get excited about what is going to happen next in the plot. More interesting stories will help learners to be more involved and more engaged. Look for fun characters, clear plots, and comfortable language as a start.
In Tips on Staging, on page 47, teachers are provided with a general idea of different ways to act out a reader theater whether it be in a small group, with students holding their books at their desk, or using the Chambers Reading Style where students focusing on language where students hold the scripts but act out the scenes in a more dramatic manner, which is more involved but more exciting and engaging as well.
The strategy in progress section will help teachers to successfully carry out a fun readers theater session. Teachers should introduce the script, go over vocabulary, divide the class into pairs, small groups, or involve the entire class or even other classes depending on the length of the story, and circulate--providing assistance as needed.