Reader's Theater Scripts

Reader’s theater is a dramatic presentation in which the actors read the script, usually without props, costumes, or scenery. It allows children to perform without having to memorize a script or practice extensively. The performance is created through the readers’ voices and facial expressions, permitting the actors to experiment with language and emotions.

Arrange the readers in a line or in smaller logical groupings, with the narrator standing to one side. In advance, print enough copies of the script so that each reader has a copy. For younger children, it may be helpful to highlight their parts. Let each child read through the script ahead of time to ensure a smooth performance, but realize that part of the charm of reader’s theater is its spontaneity.

Reader’s theater scripts may be found in many books and web sites. In several of the programs in this manual, specific suggestions are made for scripts that are readily available. For additional scripts, as well as tips for creating and presenting reader’s theater, try Aaron Shepard’s RT Page at www.aaronshep.com/rt. Especially appropriate for this year’s Texas Reading Club are The Sea King’s Daughter: A Russian Legend at www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE14.html and The Crystal Heart: A Vietnamese Legend at www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE18.html. Another site, Kids’ Wings, www.teachingheart.net/readerstheater.htm offers a few additional scripts. Several appropriate scripts, along with information about reader’s theater in general, can also be found in Multicultural Folktales: Readers Theatre for Elementary Students by Suzanne I. Barchers and Tadpole Tales and Other Totally Terrific Treats for Readers Theatre by Anthony Fredericks both available through netLibrary, a TexShare resource.

The Pirates’ Code: A Reader’s Theater Script By Barrie Teague Alguire.

Reading to the Rescue: A Reader’s Theater Script By Barrie Teague Alguire.

 



Texas Reading Club 2007 Programming Manual / Sail Away with Books!


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