ERIC Number: ED455550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Readers Theatre: An Introduction to Classroom Performance.
Ratliff, Gerald Lee
One of the primary principles of Readers Theater is to "dramatize" literature in classroom performance and to provide a visual and oral stimulus to students who are unaccustomed to using imagination to appreciate literary texts. Readers Theater may be used to enhance the critical study of language; to explore author meaning or point of view; to promote reading, writing, and listening skills; and to display creative talents of student performers. This paper discusses selected conventions of Readers Theater and gives a performance blueprint. It also presents selected exercises, developed in introduction to literature classes for non-majors, which should provide an excellent foundation to support further creative exploration by interested instructors. It notes that the exercises are framed as participatory activities to stimulate awareness of basic Readers Theater principles of classroom performance, and are intended to promote a classroom atmosphere of relaxed inquiry and "risk-free" role-playing. Exercises presented in the paper are entitled: "Vocal" Special Effects; X-Files: Three Characters in Search of an Alien Author; and You Are There. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (86th, Seattle, WA, November 9-12, 2000).