411 Readers' Theatre Lesson Plan
Kacer & Melissa Kalwanaski
define readers' theatre.
understand the concepts of the readers' theatre and how it can work to further
their own students' understanding of a work.
have the ability to apply this activity in their own classrooms.
understand importance of peer feedback through practice.
inform pre-service teachers of alternative modes of deepening students' understanding
of literary works.
Readers' Theatre evaluation form
the class through a presentation and evaluation of an example of Readers'
Theatre followed by a PowerPoint Presentation further explaining its use.
- Begin by passing out Readers'
Theatre evaluation forms. Students
should briefly scan the handout. (1
- FIVE students will be chosen to
help in the Readers' Theatre demonstration.
Each student will be asked to come to the front of the room where
they will be assigned their characters and given their (highlighted) scripts.
- While the actors are reading over
their scripts we will explain the evaluation form and ask the remaining
class members to use it to evaluate the performance.
- Students will then
perform the piece. (3-5 min.)
- Following the performance there
will be a brief class discussion about the activity.
During this discussion the teachers will make sure the discussion
includes the perspective of the performers as well as that of the audience
members. (5 min.)
- After the discussion, the instructors
will give the PowerPoint presentation, which will define and further explain
Readers' Theatre including: it's purpose, process, feasibility, activities
that other teachers have used (from journal articles). One of the major themes will be the
use and creation of the script according to grade level. For this, we will explain how a teacher
can create a script as opposed to having their students create them. (5
- Open the floor for questions.
will be an informal evaluation during class discussion and the question and
answer session. Students will
also be given a chance to practice both performing and evaluating Readers'