Playbooks® Reader’s Theater Builds Fluency for ELL/ESL Students
Is your program involved in the Binational Migrant Education Initiative or looking for ways to support Spanish speaking students? If so, you need reader’s theater to help meet your objectives!
Reader’s theater is reading a story like a play in small non-threatening groups of about six students. “Conversational dialogue” and exposure to other students reading roles in context with meaning, inflection, and dramatic expression make reader’s theater a great tool for bilingual and second language curriculums. It motivates language and vocabulary acquisition through compelling and cultural story content in an immersion method (not phonics) that is communicative and authentic. It incorporates four important language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. When combined with cross-curricular activities, reader’s theater is congruent with the Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English Learners.
Playbooks® Reader’s Theater Stories are Unique With Color-Coded and Multi-Leveled Roles.
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 is important and can be crucial to ultimate student success. Although the reading goal is for students to learn to read "English" through role-play reading, we do offer scripts in Spanish and Spanish OVER English (click here).
Playbooks Roleplay Reader® Builds Reading Skills
for Special Education Students
Numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of reader’s theater for building reading skills in special education and learning-disabled students (see Corcoran 2005, Garret and O’Connor 2010). Corcoran states in the results of her research, “It was determined that readers' theater is effective in improving student interest in reading, confidence in reading, and overall fluency in number of words read correctly per minute. Implications are that fluency programs are beneficial in primary grades and provide the foundation necessary for student attainment of vocabulary and comprehension skills.”
Playbooks Roleplay Reader® Stories are Unique With Color-Coded Dialogue Text and Multi-Leveled Roles. 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 is important and can be crucial to ultimate student success.
Reader’s Theater is a method of reading a story “like a play” in small non-threatening groups of about six students. Students are each assigned a character role and read their part with expression, meaning and enthusiasm. Repeated readings also provide the practice of "Repeated Guided Oral Reading" which is the only proven method of building reading fluency. Reader’s Theater is easy to implement on a daily or weekly basis and provides a balanced platform for "all students to shine."
Any and all Roleplay Reader® Stories and Story Sets chosen at 2-4 grades levels less than the level of the Special Education student(s) will be effective for these students and meet your reading objectives. For specific recommendations for your special education students, call 1-800-375-2926 Ext. 702.