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Transcript of Readers' Theater
Any Time, EVERY Genre
Not a Play
Not Choral Reading
DO I FIND SCRIPTS?
Strong plus Struggling = Growth for Both
Adjust NEXT time
Ye Olde Book Storage Area
Basals - Reading, Social Studies, Science
a.k.a. Sneaky Read Through
Teacher Read Aloud
Teacher Read Aloud + Highlighting = 2 Read-throughs already!
Practice Part with Partners/Team
Whole Group Practice THE STARE!
Emphasis and Expression
Parts are READ NOT MEMORIZED!
Division of Parts
Reason to Re-read
Reading by phrases
Automatic word recognition
Focus on what they need to know
Repetition of core knowledge
Peer Pressure (in a good way)
Students practice to improve
Strugglers practice the first night and come back reading better than the strong readers.
Surprised, strong readers go home and practice too!
Repetition builds retention
Accidental learning of all parts
Key Word response - one word used
in a script will suggest a lengthy response
Incorporate key vocabulary into script
If they can read it better
They can understand it better
Less word by word, more reading complete sentences.
Build key concepts into script
Students will accidently learn all parts and therefore all concepts.
Use repetition to emphasize vocabulary
Better word recognition
Allows students to perform self-critique
and go home and practice more!
TIPS AND TRICKS
Copy scripts double sided
Staple into folder
Decorate folder to indicate character
Use music stands so students can gesture
Determine necessary characters
Split or combine characters to allow for more or less readers
Remove parts of text to keep it lively and simple
Add or extend speeches
Change narrator comments to staging
Delete poor language or scenes
Prepare scripts with large font, space between lines, big margins
Check for page turning