Reader's Theater is NOT Just for Fluency Practice

The Reading Roundup - Reader's Theater is NOT Just for Fluency Practice

Reader's Theater is an extremely effective strategy for fluency practice. It allows students to practice reading fluently in an authentic manner. But there are so many other skills you can teach using Reader's Theater! 


5 Alternative Ways to use Reader's Theater

Read to find out some ways I've used Reader's Theater with my students to work on more than just fluency practice. By focusing on these other skills, it improves the students' overall comprehension and leads to a more expressive and fluent final performance of the script!

Reader's Theater to Identify the Setting of a Story

Have your students look through the script to identify the parts of the story which refer to the setting. After reading those parts, write down the adjectives used to describe the setting and decide where the story takes place. The students can then use Google images to find photos of each setting which best match the description. These photos can be added to a green screen app or simply displayed on your Smart board as the students perform. 
The Reading Roundup - Reader's Theater is NOT Just for Fluency Practice


Reader's Theater for Vocabulary Development

Sometimes students are unfamiliar with some of the words in the Reader's Theater scripts. You can use this as an opportunity to practice using context clues to determine the meaning of those words. Not only are there words they do not know the meaning of, they may find words that are hard for them to pronounce. You may want to work with the students to find synonyms for these words but that students can accurately read.


Reader's Theater to Teach Comprehension

Reader's Theater is a great opportunity for students to practice making inferences about the characters. Many scripts offer a moral of the story. The students tend to find it easier to identify the moral of a Reader's Theater script, because they are more personally invested in the story compared to just reading a passage out of a text. 

Reader's Theater to Analyze Character Traits

We spend a majority of our work with Reader's Theater analyzing the characters. Take the time to identify the character traits and have students provide text evidence to support their inferences. Encourage students to think about how their character must be feeling in the story. I even have students draw faces in the margins based on how their character is feeling. This is a great reminder to add the appropriate expression when performing the script!

The Reading Roundup - Reader's Theater is NOT Just for Fluency Practice

Reader's Theater for Writing Practice

There are many opportunities to use Reader's Theater for writing practice. Allow students to rewrite some of their lines or change the ending. In fact, you may even want to have your students write an entire script themselves! 


What are some other ways you've used Reader's Theater with your students? Please share them in the comments below!


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