Theatre for Readers

Theatre for Readers
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.55

     challenging words:    presentation, semi-circle, theatre, props, highlighter, participate, description, memorize, reading, select, imagination, lines, audience, however, scenery, prepare

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Theatre for Readers
By Beth Beutler

1     We did something interesting in class today. I'd never done it before. We took one of our favorite stories for the year and did a "reader's theatre" presentation.
2     You may be wondering what a "reader's theatre" is. Is it a special place? Is it a place where people go to read? Well, you are partially right! It is special, and it is a place to read.
3     Any location can be a "reader's theatre." It isn't an actual theatre. Instead, it is a place where a small group makes a story come alive by "acting it out" through their voices.
4     In our case, we had five stools in the front of the class room. There was a music stand in front of each stool. Five of us students each had a part to read in the story we selected as a class. There were four characters in the story, and one person served as a narrator. The narrator read all the sections that explained the setting or were not part of the conversations between characters.

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