ERIC Number: ED496475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-30
Reference Count: 6
Nonfiction Readers Theatre for Beginning Readers
Fredericks, Anthony D.
Test scores across the country show American students are far more able to read narrative than nonfiction text. Some research speculates this is due to a great lack in the background knowledge of many children. Librarians are beginning to realize that a unique fit for the school librarian is as a provider of background knowledge materials for teachers to use. Teachers are continually looking for an interesting fun way to input content knowledge to build that background information which will help push up expository reading scores. Nonfiction readers theatre is one way to accomplish this. This book offers 30 short nonfiction readers theatre plays for the young reader (grades 1-3) on topics ranging from earth and natural science to community helpers, holidays and government. All topics are tied to usual curriculum in the primary grades. Reading the plays will expose students to factual, curricular-related information in a fun way, as well as contributing to the student's ability to understand nonfiction text and read fluently. Each play offers an activity or science experiment and a list of further readings and/or references.
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Oral Interpretation, Theater Arts, Reading Instruction, Primary Education, Drama, Reading Fluency, Teaching Methods, Beginning Reading
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Primary Education
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