Forty Best-practices Instructional Activities
Reader’s theater is a form of dramatic presentation. Students
expressively read a text or portion of text for an audience. It is similar
to a play, but does not require sets, props, or memorization of lines.
Simply, it’s a dramatic reading of a selection.
Procedures: Using a reading selection,
students create a script that presents the key ideas described in the
text. In small groups students practice reading the script expressively.
They share the script with an audience.
1. There’s No Place Like Home: After researching facts about a species’
habitat, students create a script that presents the information to an
2. Life On The Edge: After researching why a species is endangered, students
create a script that presents the facts in a creative way.
3. The Magic Schoolbus Visits the Tundra: Students use the popular format
of the Magic Schoolbus Books by Joanna Cole to teach an audience about
caribou on the tundra. Mrs. Frizzle and the Gang join a caribou herd on
their migratory journey. Students use facts to create dramatic scenes
that reveal details they’ve learned.
1. Invite students to use highlighter markers to divide up an informational
article into speaking parts. The highlighted text becomes the script.
This technique is a student-friendly method for kids who find writing
2. Use poems for dramatic presentations.
3. Explore a variety of drama experiences: puppetry, radio presentations,
newscasts, and dance.
Strategies: Develop Read Aloud Skills: Fluency and Expression,
Analyze Text Structure, Analyze Writing Strategies, Explore Main Ideas
and Support Details, Synthesize Information, Recognize Themes, Build Vocabulary