Reader's Theatre - Schoolhouse Teachers

Reader's Theater

Length: 76 scripts
Includes: Scripts designed for 2 or more readers
Age/Grade: Elementary

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How to Use This Course

Reader’s Theater is a series of short scripts designed to be read by two or more students. Memorization is not required because the focus on this form of drama is on reading the work with expression rather than reciting it. They are easily adapted to single-child households by having a parent read opposite the child or by having the child read the play in two different “voices.” Be sure to download the Introduction, Tips, and How-Tos from the Course Details tab. You’ll find the link under Course Introduction.

Course Introduction

Reader’s Theater is the oral presentation of a written work that is performed with two or more readers. Memorization is not required because the focus of this form of drama is on reading the work with expression rather than reciting it. The readers help the audience to understand and visualize the text through their vocal performance.

There are many benefits of using Reader’s Theater: it gives purpose to reading; it helps children develop reading fluency through repetition; it increases comprehension since the text must be interpreted for performance; it motivates children to read; it improves not only reading skills, but listening and speaking skills as well; it encourages children to work together; and it helps increase self-confidence.

Download – Reader’s Theater Introduction, Tips, and How-Tos

Reader’s Theater includes scripts for different numbers of readers. It also includes weekly assignments. The scripts are listed below.

2 Readers

  • How Doth the Little Busy Bee
  • Who Has Seen the Wind
  • Little Things
  • Playgrounds
  • Easter Day
  • The Shadows
  • Robinson Crusoe’s Hymn
  • The Teapot Dragon
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Picture-Book Giant
  • Shepherd Boy’s Song
  • What If
  • The Lord’s Day
  • Our Tree Toad
  • Guess What I Have Heard
  • In July
  • Zip!
  • The Pelican Chorus

3 Readers

  • White Butterflies
  • What Christ Said
  • I Write About the Butterfly
  • Lo the Lilies of the Field
  • The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse
  • How the Leaves Came Down
  • The Canary
  • Autumn
  • Oxfordshire Children’s May Song
  • Learned Fred
  • The Snail
  • On the Road
  • Our Puppies
  • Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me
  • Did You Ever
  • We Never Part from Thee
  • Fairies
  • Spring
  • Popcorn
  • Thanks for a Pleasant Day
  • The Bird’s Bath
  • The Red Bird

4 Readers

  • A Child’s Thought of God
  • How the Little Kite Learned to Fly
  • The Son of God Goes Forth to War
  • Mr. Nobody
  • A Little Lamb Went Straying
  • The Fountain
  • My Kingdom
  • An Apple Orchard in the Spring
  • The Ancient of Days
  • Hope in God
  • Praise to God
  • Winter Night
  • Foolish Flowers
  • The Tiger
  • In the Water World
  • The Chorus of Frogs
  • The Lamb
  • Calico Pie
  • The Reformation of Godfrey Gore
  • The Akond of Swat – Part One
  • The Akond of Swat – Part Two
  • There’s a Friend for Little Children

5 Readers 

  • Evening Hymn
  • Try Again
  • The Table and the Chair
  • Going Downhill on a Bicycle
  • Twenty Froggies
  • The Grass

6 Readers 

  • Another Midnight Hymn
  • Deeds of Kindness
  • The Lion and the Mouse
  • God is Good
  • The Jovial Welshmen

7 Readers

  • The Dream of a Girl Who Lived at Seven-Oaks
  • P’s and Q’s
  • It Was My Heavenly Father’s Love

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