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    Reader's Theater
    By Elaine

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    Here's the way I've done reader's theater. I have several books with biographical, historical, etc. scripts. I assign roles, and allow students to get together to rehearse reading their parts. They read their part and follow along while others read their parts many times as they prepare for their "performance." We set up scenes using desks, chairs, a few student made props, but for the most part just perform/read the play for the rest of the class. I usually have 2 plays that are related (one about Martin Luther King, Jr. and a second about Rosa Parks). After the plays there are usually some suggested follow-up activities that could be used as assessments related to communication arts while students are learning social studies.

    It just seems like a win-win situation. The kids love the plays, and are reading and rereading which reinforces a major goal for reading instruction -- fluency. The teacher gets to hear the students read without doing the round-robin thing. The students learn about history . . . etc., etc., etc.

    Have fun,
    Elaine



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