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Readers' Theater

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Jenny Brandon

on 6 January 2016

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Transcript of Readers' Theater

READERS' THEATER:
Any Time, EVERY Genre

WHAT?
WHY?
HOW?
WHERE
Not a Play
Not Choral Reading
Jazzy
Plain Vanilla
Reading Fluency
Vocabulary
Development
Content
Knowledge
Comprehension
Motivation
Knowledge
Retention
Choose Script
Write Script
Assign Parts
Highlight
Practice
Perform
DO I FIND SCRIPTS?
Strong plus Struggling = Growth for Both
Personality Balance
Adjust NEXT time
Internet Resources
Books
Ye Olde Book Storage Area
Basals - Reading, Social Studies, Science
Adapt plays
Library
Start simply
Adapt poetry
Adapt textbook
Present research
Monologues
Dialogues
Speeches
Lyrics
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!
Videotape?
Difficult vocabulary?
Pronunciation?
Emphasis and Expression
Formal
Informal
Video
Parts are READ NOT MEMORIZED!
Division of Parts
Add:
props
sound effects
music
masks
hats/crowns
motions
movement
Voicethread
Reason to Re-read
Reading by phrases
Automatic word recognition
Increased confidence
Focus on what they need to know
Repetition of core knowledge
Collaborative Learning
Fun
Peer Pressure (in a good way)
Student support
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
Peer support
Video presentation
Allows students to perform self-critique
and go home and practice more!
Creative
TIPS AND TRICKS
Copy scripts double sided
Staple into folder
Decorate folder to indicate character
Use music stands so students can gesture
General
Writing
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
Improve vocabulary
Delete poor language or scenes
Prepare scripts with large font, space between lines, big margins
Check for page turning
Ta-Da!
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