Reader's Theater is Research-Based
Reader's Theater is an approved method of repeated guided oral reading!
There is an abundance of research supporting that “Repeated Guided Oral Reading” improves reading fluency and comprehension, especially when it includes reading role models. For a document summarizing several studies relating to Repeated Guided Oral Reading along with information as to how Reader's Theater fulfills National Reading Panel reading and fluency goals, click here.
Research also shows four repeated readings sufficiently improve reading fluency. Most traditional texts can NOT hold students’ attention for up to four separate readings. Reader’s Theater truly engages students and is the most popular form of “repeated guided oral reading.” Reader’s Theater provides an easy-to-implement dramatic text that does not require memorization, props, or a stage.
Improved Vocabulary & Comprehension
Plays inherently come with built-in strategies to help students read better. The acting out of story dialogue compels readers to work more closely with the text to interpret and project meaning into the experience. As a result, students show improvement in vocabulary, comprehension, and retention.
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.
Successful Outcomes Report for Playbooks®
CentroNia’s Community Engagement and Education Department in Washington, D.C. implemented Playbooks Reader’s Theater curriculum to combat summer reading regression & reported great success!
Of the 175 students for whom they have both pre and post test data, 85% maintained or increased their reading levels over the summer! Also, over 1/3 of these students actually INCREASED their reading levels! Their results were confirmed with alignment to student Fountas and Pinnell reading levels in the fall.
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Meets Common Core Standards
Reader's Theater meets nearly 50 objectives in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy! Reference to drama is woven throughout the entire 66-page document, revealing Reader's Theater as applicable to sections addressing literature, language, fluency, and even writing. Per the elements in these standards, roleplay reading is an activity spanning every corner of the subject!
Educational progressives recognize the far-reaching benefits of plays and expressive reading opportunities such as Reader's Theater.
State Standards Met With Reader's Theater
As an educational tool, Playbooks® provide a dynamic and effective addition to the classroom that meets numerous educational standards. Teachers find that the Playbook® format augments their existing instructional materials in a manner that allows children to increase skills while concurrently having fun. The concept of "enjoyment and entertainment" provides students with a needed diversion from existing instructional materials.
The shift in educational focus from "instructional" to "fun" is the very concept that enhances the student's ability to learn, gain new skills, and create a love of reading. The use of Playbooks® in the classroom stimulates a profound opportunity for students to increase their read-aloud skills and their desire to read.
"Reader's Theater provides readers with a desired and legitimate reason to re-read text and to practice fluency. Reader's Theater also promotes cooperative interaction with peers and makes the reading task appealing."