ERIC Number: ED177519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Readers Theatre: Oral Reading with a Purpose.
Noble, Judith A.
Readers theatre can be an effective means of engaging children in responding to and studying literature in an enjoyable manner. It allows children time to master a part so they will be able to interpret passages instead of reading a new passage each time without practice or thoughtful consideration of the character or mood. It requires an understanding of what is being read and allows emphasis on plot sequence. Other advantages of readers theatre include forcing students to use their imaginations instead of props, motivating students (readers and hearers) to read an entire selection, providing an opportunity for self-conscious children to take part in group response activities, creating opportunities to study the part that elements other than words have to play in an interpretation, and helping students relate to an audience. Short materials with strong characterization, maximum conversation, minimum description, and a definite mood are best for readers theatre. Material can be adapted by rewriting to eliminate the "saids" while putting specific actions or interpretations in parentheses. Productions can be staged simply and the presentation taped or videotaped for a critique. (TJ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Guide prepared at The University of Akron