These engaging short plays offer a purposeful and powerful way to encourage the repeated reading students need to build fluency. Students are motivated to read and practice their lines so they can perform at their very best. This rehearsal time encourages them to experiment with aspects of fluent reading, such as phrasing, pacing, and expression. Includes research-based strategies, teaching ideas, and tips for using Readers Theater, plus a mini-lesson, teacher rubric, and student checklist for self-assessment!
Treat Scripts as Stories
With the purpose of building strong readers ever in sight, treat the text of a play in much the same way as the text of a story. Read the title with students. Anticipate what the play might be about, and predict outcomes, conflicts, and character behaviors. Invite students to tell how they feel about the plot of the play!