Reader's theater is a method of reading a story aloud, like a play, without memorization, props, or a stage. Students are each assigned a character role and read their parts with expression, meaning and enthusiasm which rapidly improves reading fluency.
Plays inherently come with built-in strategies to help students read better as they work more closely with the text to interpret and project meaning. Taking on a character role in a non-threatening small group setting helps build student reading confidence.
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 allows teachers to assign easier roles to younger or struggling students and harder roles to older or more advanced students while they all read the same story together in a small group.
Social interactive role-play reading and reading with expression are the key ingredients for successful reading enrichment in any school program. Reader's theater combines these two ingredients and is easy to implement. Thousands of schools and after-school and summer programs nationwide have purchased Playbooks® and used the role-play reading technique year after year, while positively affecting the reading skills of millions of students.