Readers' Theater

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Education World

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The Key to Reader's Theater: Good Scripts ... Wonder Teacher, Nov. 13, 2012
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10 Simple Ways to Make Reader's Theater Magical ... Wonder Teacher, Nov. 12, 2012
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Arts Integration STRUCTURE - Reader's Theater ... Wonder Teacher, Wonder Teacher, Nov. 9, 2012
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Tips on Scripting ... Aaron Shepard
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Professional Development Resources
Reader's Theater: A Reason to Read Aloud...Education World
A Quick Guide...Comments from Dr. Tim Rasinski...Professor of Reading at Kent State Univ.
Reader's Theater Tips from Reading A-Z
Setting the Stage for Readers Theater .... Scholastic
Literacy Connections...links to instructions and scripts
Reading Online...internet information & resources
What is Classroom Theater? by Bruce Lansky
Aaron Shepard's RT Page...scripts and tips for Reader's Theater
The Power of Reader's Theater...Scholastic...An easy way to make dramatic changes in kids' fluency, writing, listening, and social skills. (includes "Reader's Theater in 5 Easy Steps")
Reading Online...The internet can be a valuable source of information for teachers who use or plan to use Readers Theater in their classrooms. This article provides a brief description of Readers Theater and its many benefits for literacy learning, and goes on to describe Internet sources for scripts and for information on implementation, additional classroom applications, and assessment. The article concludes with annotated list of useful websites for Readers Theater.
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Audience "Critique" Sheet ... Timeless Teacher Stuff
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Self-Evaluation Sheet & Teacher Evaluation Sheet......I made these for the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". To customize them for your story/script, just change the title and the names of the readers. You may want to change the border, also, to reflect something in your story.
...Each students reflects on his/her own reading & fills out this rubric to indicate his/her opinion of his/her own performance.
...The teacher (or another student) fills out this rubric after watching a readers' theater performance. This rubric could be used as an overall evaluation for the entire cast (all student readers), or.....could be used for an individual student. If used for an individual student, compare the 2 rubrics--the self-evaluation & teacher/other-evaluation-- and discuss with the student any differences or similarities between the 2 evaluations.

READERS' THEATER and TECHNOLOGY
click here to see a Readers' Theater performance of Stellaluna by 4th grade students
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SCRIPT COLLECTIONS
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don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.png logo--margie_palatini_2.JPG ..." I’m from a family of hams. Performing, reading aloud, creating characters was organic to my learning experiences. The reader’s theater adaptations of my books are graphically designed to help even the youngest reader with fluency, inflection, inference, and characterization. It’s empowering to take ownership of a character through performance and it not only helps reading skills but writing as well.
FREE scripts for:
Bad Boys
Earthquack!
Gone With the Wand
Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes
Moo Who?
No Biting, Louise
Piggie Pie
The Cheese
The Three Silly Billies
The Web Files--Dum De Dum Dum
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Teaching Heart ... lots of scripts PLUS tips on scripting, evaluation, oral language fluency, and more
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clipart...Dr._Young's_Reading_Room.png ... ... Dr. Young's Reading Room
An alphabetical list of readers' theater scripts
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The Reading Lady...45 readers' theater scripts...Includes 3 Little Javelinas ... 3 Little Wolves ... 3 Pigs ... A Bad Case of Stripes ... Click Clack Moo--Cows That Type ... Dog Breath ... Goldilocks & the 3 Bears ... The Frog Prince Continued ... Meanwhile Back at the Ranch ... Stellaluna ... Tacky the Penguin ... The Gingerbread Boy ... The 3 Billy Goats Gruff ... The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs ... The Little Red Hen ... + MORE
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whootie_owl_readers'_theater.JPG ... Whootie Owl
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All for a Paisa (a play script based on a riddle story from India).
View the complete play script, the riddle story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises, to boot.
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The Apple Dumpling (a play script based on a folk tale from England).
View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises, to boot.
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Ali Cogia & the Merchant of Bahgdad (a play script based on this riddle story
from Iraq).
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Baba Yaga (a play script based on this classic story from Russia).
external image arrow-orange.gif 7-9 roles + narrator(s)
Boots & His Brothers (a play script based on this folk tale from Norway).
View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 6 roles + townspeople(s) + narrator(s)
A Caterpillar's Voice (a play script based on this African folk tale).
View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 7 roles + narrator(s)
The Contest of the Fairies (a play script based on this fairytale from France).
external image arrow-orange.gif 10 roles + 10 other princesses + narrator
A Donkey to Market (a play script based on a Cambodian version of the classic Aesops fable
about the man and boy who try to please everyone as they take their donkey to market).
View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
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The Enormous Nose (a play script based on this French fairytale).
external image arrow-orange.gif 7 roles + narrator
From the Elephant Pit (a play script based on this animal story from Tibet.
external image arrow-orange.gif 9 roles + narrator
Fur & Feathers (a play script based on an African folk tale). View the complete play script,
the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises
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The Girl-Fish (a play script based on this adventure story from Spain).
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The Lion's Enchantment (a play script based on a Spanish folk tale). View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 8 roles + attendant(s) + cow(s) + pig(s) + narrator(s)
The Long Winter (a play script based on a Canadian First Nation tale). View the complete play script,
the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 10 roles + narrator(s)
The Maiden & the Boy Who Vanished (a play script based on a Russian folk tale).
View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 9 roles + animal(s) + narrator(s)
The Native American Cinderella (a version of the Cinderella tale told by the Abenaki
of southeastern Canada and the New England area). View the complete play script,
the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 8 roles + brave(s) + maiden(s) + narrator(s)
The Pumpkin in a Jar (a play script based on a riddle story from the Philippines).
View the complete play script, the riddle story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises, to boot.
external image arrow-orange.gif 5 roles + narrator(s)
The Ram & the Pig Who Set Up House (a play script based on a folk tale from Norway).
View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 8 roles + narrator(s)
The Spellbook in the Forbidden Room (a play script based on a Polish folk tale. View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 6 roles + narrator(s)
Sunlight & Moonlight (a play script based on a folk tale from Tibet). View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
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Susu & the Magic Mirror (a play script based on a folk tale from Argentina). View the complete play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 9 roles + narrator(s)
The White Tiger (an adventure story from Korea based on this story)
external image arrow-orange.gif 6 roles + narrator(s)
The Wager (a play script based on a folk tale from Denmark). View the complete
play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 15 roles + narrator(s)
Wali Dad (a play script based on this folk tale from India).
external image arrow-orange.gif 11 roles + 1-4 narrator(s)
Yuuki & the Tsunami (a play script based on a legend from Japan). View the complete
play script, the story it's based on, and a wide selection of reading & writing exercises.
external image arrow-orange.gif 6 roles + villager(s) + narrator(s)
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Reading A-Z...84 readers' theater scripts, Levels E-Z, some multi-level...(You, or your school, have to subscribe to the Reading A-Z site to access these scripts.)

Dr. Tim Rasinski resource list...resource list of ready-made scripts...many free

Bruce Lansky..classroom theater scripts from Girls to the Rescue, Newfangled Fairy Tales, Troop 13 Mysteries: The Mystery of the Haunted Caves, and Long Shot (lesson plans included for some of these scripts)

Giggle Poetry -- Poetry Plays...36 poetry plays including "My Doggie Ate My Homework", "How to Torture Your Teacher", "How to Torture Your Students", "Bad-Hair Day", "Stop Sniffling", "Get Out of Bed!", + MORE

Readers' Theater Collection K-3...Scripts are derived from poems, stories, and chants. the scripts are engaging for primary students, but may be of little interest to older, remedial readers. This resource site is part of a general site on emergent literacy, called Early Literacy. In addition to the numerous Readers Theater scripts in the site, you'll find comprehensive research and resources for teachers of emergent readers.

Readers Theater/Language Arts Home Page for Teachers...a wide variety of lighthearted and entertaining scripts from Rick Swallow. 115 scripts including "The 3 Billy Goats Gruff", "Chicken Little", "Cinderella Bigfoot", "Dog Breath", "The 4th Little Pig", "The Gingerbread Boy", "The Hat", "Humpty Dumpty", "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything", "The Story of Sleeping Ugly", "The 3 Little Wolves and the Big, Bad Pig", "The 3 Little Javelinas", + LOTS MORE

SCIENCE SCRIPTS
Play 1: A Science Education Script that explores how to make eggs bounce a very, very long way.
Play 2: A Science Education Script that explores air pressure in a fun and engaging way.
Play 3: A Science Education Script that really maps out where we fit into the solar system.
Play 4: A Science Education Script in which you get to burn teabags and watch them fly. The students love it, but be really careful.

Zoom Playhouse...Act up and put on a play!...60+ entertaining scripts used for the PBS show; uses props and is more like 'creative drama'. Some scripts include video. Titles include "A Day at the Rhyme Time Diner", "A Mixed-Up Fairy Tale", "Anansi", "The Case of the Missing Shoes", "Goldilocks Returns", "The 3 Little Pigs", + LOTS MORE

Reader's Theater Archives...original scripts from Education World

Aaron Shepard's RT Page...scripts and tips for Reader's Theater

Playbooks...Reader's Theater for Building Reading Fluency...Playbook Reader's Theater stories are unique because each character's dialogue is presented in a different color throughout the story and more importantly, the roles are written at different reading levels. This means that each book has easier and harder roles within the same script allowing for multi-leveled groupings. These scripts are not free....from $6-$12 for each script. Maybe scripts could be PTA-funded or a Donor's Choose project.

Readers Theater K-3 Ready for classroom use! Over 150 small poems, stories and chants that are divided into reading parts for children from grades K-3. This resource site is part of a comprehensive Early Literacy Site (www.earlyliterature.ecsd.net)

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Scripts
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A Caterpillar's Voice...a folktale from Africa


A Day at the Rhyme Time Diner
PBS Zoom

Around the Water Cycle (nonfiction)
(teachers.net)

Click, Clack, Moo...Cows That Type
Click, Clack, Moo...Cows That Type
Click, Clack, Moo...Cows That Type........................
(teachers.net)
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Deanna Knox's site

Crow and the Pitcher (The)

FABLE
Dinorella--A Prehistoric Fairy Tale (Pamela Duncan Edwards)
Deanna Knox's site

Frog or Toad? ..............(nonfiction)


The Frog Prince Continued







FABLE
Green Eggs & Ham .....(gr. 1-3...green_eggs_and_ham--book_cover.jpg
Have Fun Teaching
only 50 different words in script
Hen-Picked
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The Little Red Hen is looking for an apprentice
to help her run her nationwide chain of bakeries.
She appears with Donald Trumpeter Swann on a
show called Boss Me Around and meets three candidates for the position. Who will she hire as
her apprentice?
Education World
The hardworking Little Red Hen is a chicken that has laid a golden egg. She has a thriving pastry business and now hopes
to relax a little and enjoy her success. But to do that, she
needs an apprentice. Who should it be?
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Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night ...(gr. 1-3) ..henry_and_mudge_and_the_starry_night_book_cover.jpg
Have Fun Teaching

If You Take a Mouse to School ...(gr. 2-3)...if_you_take_a_mouse_to_school_book_cover.jpg
Have Fun Teaching

Jack and the Beanstalk
Deanna Knox's site




Nursery Rhymes with a Twist
PBS Zoom
(Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell
down and broke his crown and Jill came snow boarding after.)
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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Dr. Seuss)
Deanna Knox's site

Other Cinderella Story (The)
Education World
When Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters announce the
release of their new book about her childhood, their press
conference reveals shocking "truths" about the would-be queen!
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Remake of Sleeping Beauty (The)

...There's a pineapple in this story.
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Secret of Spooky House (The)
adapted from the book




Stellaluna
Reading Lady

Tacky the Penguin
teachers.net

Three Billy Goats Gruff (The)(gr. 2-3)... three_billy_goats_gruff_book_cover.jpg
Have Fun Teaching

Three Little Bears Cha-Cha-Cha

...a rap
Three Little Pigs (The)......(gr. 2-3)...the_three_little_pigs_--_james_marshall_(book_cover).jpg
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Three Little Pigs (The) - by Paul Galdone
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Have Fun Teaching
Deanna Knox's site

What Happened After Once Upon a Time
PBS Zoom
...includes characters Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood,
Cinderella, & Jack in the Beanstalk