Reader’s Theater is reading made fun (and effective)!
Why do children love reading Piggy and Gerald? They can make up silly voices for Piggy and the crew. It’s theatrical!
Why do children love reading Dogman and Captain Underpants? They can get into the drama of fear, silliness, excitement, courage. It’s theatrical!
Why do children love comic books? They can lose themselves in a world that feels like a movie. It’s theatrical!
When children learn to read, they learn by reading out loud. As they get older, they whisper, and eventually, they read more in their heads, often feeling self-consious to read aloud. But reading out loud promotes different skills than reading in one’s head. Reader’s Theater allows children the chance to read aloud for just that purpose—reading aloud. Reading aloud is fun when you can see the action of a story and give voice to the expressions of characters. Kids know this. Teens know this. Adults know this too! So why not help children learn to read with fluency and expression, by giving them simple, fun (and sometimes, yes, educational!) scripts to work with?
What are some benefits to Reader’s Theater?
Reader’s Theater promotes fluency in readers of any age!
Reader’s Theater builds confidence in readers!
Reader’s Theater helps readers read out loud with expression!
Reader’s Theater gives all readers, from all walks of life, the chance to experience drama!
Reader’s Theater can increase interest in reading!
Reader’s Theater can spark creativity!
Reader’s Theater encourages empathy and emotional growth!
Reader’s Theater can connect students to each other!
All of the Reader’s Theater Scripts you will find on this website are written by a professional playwright with an MFA in Dramatic Writing, who has also worked with children and teens!
Reader’s Theater Scripts are coming soon! From history to science, early readers, animals, fairy tales, famous females, sibling squabbles, relatable and fantastical adventures, and more—stay tuned for Tara Meddaugh’s Reader’s Theater! Sign up for her newsletter to be the first to know when scripts are available.