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Readers Theatre

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Readers Theatre

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Lexington, Kentucky


International Literacy Association



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Students become excited and enthusiastic about reading when they are presented with the opportunity to participate in Readers Theatre. In this lesson, students develop scripts, perform in groups, and practice using their voice to depict characters from texts. Through this activity, students have the opportunity to develop fluency and further enhance comprehension of what they are reading.

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Readerís Theater Scripts and Plays: This website with an excellent compilation of scripts will get your students focused on reading texts with expression

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Kimbell-Lopez, K. (2003). Just think of the possibilities: Formats for reading instruction in the elementary classroom. Reading Online, 6. Available: http://www.readingonline.org/articles/art_index.asp?HREF=kimbell-lopez/index.html

  • The use of Readers Theatre can offer a different context in which students are exposed to texts focusing on poetry, science, social studies, or other content-related topics.

  • Readers Theatre is another way to enhance comprehension of text, as well as to create interest in and enthusiasm for learning.

  • The Readers Theatre format provides an opportunity for students to develop fluency through multiple readings of the text by using expressiveness, intonation, and inflection when rehearsing the text.

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