No publisher can legally duplicate our multi-leveled and color-coded format, so go with the company that pioneered it.
The Original and Best Format Available!
Because of our patent, Playbooks, Inc. is the only publisher that can provide reader's theater with the most important features for successful small group reading. Playbooks® include easier and more difficult roles within the same story while also color-coding the dialogue text of each character role at the same time. No other publisher can do these two things together.
Color-coded text means each reader’s dialogue text, not just the name in the margin, appear in a different color, making it easier for students to follow their character roles, quickly see in the fraction of a second where their part starts and stops and how much they will read, and easily be prepared for their next turn to speak. This also helps to create a sense of ownership and security in their role which leads to increased reading confidence and involvement.
Compare the difference with the two pages shown above.
Color does not represent the level of the role, however, so that students do not know they've been assigned an easier or harder role. Character colors are selected randomly from Playbook® to Playbook.®
Colorized dialogue text
is important! According to a Loyola University study, word recognition and reading comprehension improves 27% when text is presented in color compared to bold text, and 35% when presented in color compared to contrasting fonts.
Only Playbooks® can present actual dialogue text in different colors while also providing multi-leveled roles in the same story. This is a patented format and this simple difference is important and can be crucial to ultimate student success.
Easier and harder roles in the same story help students avoid stumbling in front of their peers, allowing them to read aloud with confidence and accuracy.
Playbooks® multi-leveled character roles are edited using a proprietary leveled word dictionary and strict sentence structure guidelines, so students achieve ultimate success and fluency among their peers. We do not simply assess what an author has written to determine what level the text might be; we actually edit and level the roles!
Playbooks® carefully balance character roles so that all readers participate throughout the entire story, even the struggling readers! The whole idea is to build reading confidence, fluency, and participation for all readers and not just give smaller more insignificant roles to lower level readers.
Only Playbooks® include optional mini-costume kits that allow students to fully become their characters, along with fun reader's theater games that provide additional reinforcement of story content and allows students to really ham it up!