Teacher and Pupil

Implementation Tools

At Playbooks Publishing, Inc, we offer an array of implementation tools along with our Playbooks® titles to help you get started in the classroom. Below you will find an assortment of materials to get you started and carry your program forward. 

Get started in 30 mins

Learn how to implement your new Reader’s Theater program with purpose and care with these engaging and interesting webinars! We have a quick start version and a longer more in-depth implementation program. 



In addition to the videos below, we have a number of printables lower down on the page to help you implement your program. 


You can also download our quick

start guide below


Here's a 5 minute overview of Reader's Theater and Playbooks® materials. 

10-Story Rotation Webinar

This webinar is ideal for program directors, coordinators, teachers, and any staff who work directly with students. With step-by-step implementation guidelines presented, getting successfully started with your new Reader's Theater materials will be simple and time efficient. This webinar teaches how to ensure student growth by employing proper role assignments, student grouping, effective story repetition and rotation, expressive reading techniques and behavior, and more. Simple pre- and post- assessment materials included in the kit are also taught. Background and support of the method are covered to enthuse your staff and fun warm-up exercises are introduced to help your staff get students excited.

Proper Role Assignment 

Watch this important Role Assignment Webinar on how to assign roles. Be sure to print the handout to follow along with. 


Proper role assignment creates the most successful reading experience for the students and the most effective reading growth. ​Assign character roles with care so every student has the opportunity to shine in front of their peers. 

Follow along with this training PowerPoint. 


Student Videos 

When you are set to introduce Reader's Theater to your students, you can show them either of these fun videos to explain how it works, and all the fun you'll have together! 



For orders of our Multi-Story Bundle Kit, each set will included a Playbooks® Teacher's Guide. You are also able to download the copies below and print them. 

"Quick Start" Implementation Guide



Teacher's Guide


Step-by-Step Reader's
Theater Implementation
Guide (includes forms below)


Below are copies of the role assignment charts and supplements for each title. The performance award certificates also help make the program fun and build confidence. 


Performance Award

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Story Rotation Chart

Reading With Expression Reminders

These reminders can be paired with the Reading Behavior Test to help encourage the right outcomes 

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Interactive Over-Acting Warm-up Exercise

For a comprehensive series of expression exercises, click here for Grades K-3 Exercises and here for Grades 4 and up.


Fidelity of Implementation Checklist

Trying to implement the full program, and think you forgot anything? Use this checklist to make sure you have everything covered. 



We offer a host of materials to help you implement and measure your Reader's Theater program. Many of these forms are also included in the Step-by-Step Implementation Guide. The form numbers correlate to the numbers listed in the Step-By-Step Guide. Please note that you will refer back to these forms a number of times during the implementation so they may be used in different orders. 

Student Information Sheet (Form 1) 
Use this to collect information on your students and personality traits 


Readability Test (Form 2A & B) 

In order to assist teachers and facilitate the assigning of roles for Reader's Theater small group reading, Playbooks® Reader's Theater has developed a simplified series of reading levels. Our Readability Test determines which Playbook® Reading Level most closely fits a reader's abilities. You have two choices of how to administer the test to students: online or in printed paper format.


Reading Level Correlation Chart

You can measure students using our description or the form above or use other systems that you are familiar with such as Fountas and Pinnell, Reading Recovery, DRA, Lexile, etc.


Assessment Student Record (Form 3) 

Measure progress through out the program with our student assessment record. 


Recommended Reader Assignment (Form 4) 

Assign roles based on student reading ability and polling or questionnaire information gained.


Use this form to keep track of the story rotations each week. We recommend reading the stories at least 3-4 times within the week or before each group moves on to a new story. This form is in Excel and will download. 


Reading Behavior Test (Form 5) 

Observe your students while they read their roles in a small group setting with other students. Evaluate each student's reading skills with this form at the beginning of your multi-week reader's theater program, in the middle, and again at the end. This form includes 3 pages. 


Student Questionnaire

if you aren't sure about the student's personality, use this form to see whether they like to act, like to be funny or have ever been in a play. Students can fill in the form or raise their hands.