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  • Print extra copies of the script for students who have misplaced their scripts.


  • Keep a master copy close by on a handy clipboard.


  • If you find clipboards on sale at the dollar store—it is a good idea to have clipboards for each student to hold their scripts.


  • Have highlighter pens for students to highlight their speaking roles. Some teachers like to use acetate covers or clear plastic folders over the script so that students can mark up the script.


  • When you select a script to do with your class—make it an event! Begin the script by reading it aloud to your class. Then hand out the scripts and read the play again to the students allowing them to hear your excitement as you read.


  • Be sure to make reference to the original source of the play. If the script is an adaptation from a book, be sure to have the book in the classroom so that students can make the connection to the book.


  • When you coach your students--aim your coaching specifically at a character's emotions and motivations.


  • Have fun with Readers Theater and plays. Remember that this is a fun way to encourage fluency in reading but it is also a fun and memorable activity for your students.


  • Send the scripts home with students to practice. Reading to parents is a great opportunity to build reading fluency by practicing at home.


  • Consider inviting an audience to watch the Readers Theater presentation. Students enjoy performing for one another.

Reader's Theater Tips


 Great teaching tips for teachers and for students using reader’s theater in the classroom.

Teacher Tips

  • Use a highlighter to highlight the speaking parts of the script. Only highlight the parts of the script that are your speaking roles. You might want to use one color to highlight the speaking role and one other color to highlight the words you need to act out.


  • Use a pencil to write notes to yourself in the margins of the play. If there are places where you should pause and take a breath, mark the script with //.


  • Read your part out loud and think about what the character would be thinking when he or she was speaking the role.


  • Practice! Practice! When you practice your role—try it in front of a mirror. You can try faces or a different voice when you rehearse your part in the play.


  • Speak loudly and project your voice. You want everyone in the audience to hear what you are saying.


  • Speak slowly and clearly.


  • Narrators of the scripts are important to the play. You need to keep the play moving and headed in the right direction. Your role is to speak to the audience and to let them know what is going on in the play.


  • Characters of the play should always stay in character. Be sure to act like your character when you are speaking and when other students are speaking.


  • Face the audience! Look at them and make eye contact with the people who are watching the play.

Student Tips

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