What is a Playbook®?
Playbooks® Reader's Theater stories are unique because each character's dialogue is presented in a different color throughout the story and more importantly, the roles are written at different reading levels. This means that each book has easier and harder roles within the same script allowing you to group older kids with younger kids to read the same story together. Older students become the reading role models for the younger students in this social interactive form of reading, and everyone gains from the experience.
Only Playbooks® can present actual dialogue text in different colors while also having easier and more difficult roles in the same story. This is a patented format and this simple difference can be crucial to ultimate student success. Color-coded text means each reader's dialogue text (not just the name in the margin) appears in a different color. This makes it easier for students to follow their character roles, assess how much they will read, and be prepared for their next turn to speak, giving them a sense of ownership and security in their roles.
Playbooks® carefully balances main character roles and role combinations for small, non-threatening reading groups so that all readers have the opportunity to shine throughout the entire story, even the struggling readers! The whole idea is to build reading fluency and confidence and promote participation for all readers. Lower level reading does not mean smaller, more insignificant roles!
Playbooks® multi-leveled character roles are edited by credentialed teachers 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 writtent to determine what level the text might be; we actually level the roles!
Most of the reader's theater materials currently available are not multi-leveled or well-balanced, designed for too many readers, and can require too much preparation by the teacher. Don't accept inferior copycats of our multi-leveled and color-coded reader's theater. Only Playbooks® have this advanced patented format that provides all these benefits...and more!