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!
Heed Clues for Direction
Help students recognize hints in both stage directions and dialogue text that indicate physical movement as well as the pitch, emotion, or volume of speech. For example, words spelled in all capital letters are generally intended to be shouted. Stage directions often indicate not only activity (He runs and runs) but appropriate tone of voice (for example, crossly).