Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 15: Readers Theatre
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
The Readers Theatre strategy provides a motivational and authentic context for students to develop all aspects of fluency—accuracy in reading words, an appropriate reading rate, and expressive, smooth, and conversational reading. Unlike many typical oral reading routines where students read to their teacher, they perform for an audience, reading scripts adapted from the best models of children's literature as well as other materials. The mood created by this strategy is described by Martinez, Roser, and Strecker (1998–1999): “Readers Theatre is an interpretive reading activity in which readers use their voices to bring characters to life” (p. 326).
The Readers Theatre strategy incorporates script writing, modeling and teaching the elements of reading fluency, rehearsing the reading of ...