Reader’s Theater is reading made fun—and effective!
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What is Reader’s Theater?
Reader’s Theater is a dramatic story (a play script) that people read together, with no goal of memorization, blocking or a production. There is no drama experience for teachers or children required! It is designed to make reading aloud enjoyable and beneficial for its readers. It is typically used in classrooms, where students are assigned roles, then break up into groups with their short piece of theater (2-10 minutes long). Students read the script out loud together several times, occassionally reading it before the class (TEACHERS—Reader’s Theater may even fall under your Common Core Curriculum. Check out Playbook’s Reader’s Theater document on how Reader’s Theater aligns with the Common Core Curriculum.). Reader’s Theater can promote fluency, confidence, creativity, empathy, oral expression and connections among peers. Children at home or in the classroom enjoy reading these fun scripts aloud. Click to read more frequently asked questions and benefits of Reader’s Theater.
READER’S THEATER PLAYS
Check out below Tara Meddaugh’s Reader’s Theater Scripts. From history to science, early readers, animals, fairy tales, famous females, sibling squabbles, relatable and fantastical adventures—so many scripts await you (and await publication here, so bear with her during the process!). More Reader’s Theater scripts will be available soon!
The Shipwreck Solution
Cast: 4 male or female (gender neutral cast)
Genre: Comedy/children (teens and adults can have fun with the roles too!)
Set: Minimal, a shipwreck in the ocean
Running time: 5-7 minutes
Age range: 1st grade-4th grade
Description: What do a box jellyfish, a mako shark, an anglerfish and a tiger shark have in common? They all want to live in the same abandonned shipwreck on the ocean floor! No one wants to share, no one wants to live somewhere else and…uh oh…what if someone can’t help but want to eat someone else? Check out The Shipwreck Solution to discover if these four, very different creatures, can find a way to work it out!
*The Shipwreck Solution includes a “Yes, It’s True” page featuring fun facts referencing the animals you read about, as well as a glossary with a few key terms.
Click to read a free excerpt to the play, The Shipwreck Solution.
Click below for a digital copy of the 5-minute play, The Shipwreck Solution.