Using a Rubric for Reader’s Theater to Support Speaking and Listening Standards

Adria Klein, Literacy and Reader's Theater Expert
Adria Klein, Literacy & Reader’s Theater Expert

Rubrics are useful tools for setting expectations and learning goals for students. Here’s a great and easy rubric for you to use when you are doing Reader’s Theater with your students.

This Reader's Theater rubric will help with assessment for meeting Speaking and Listening goals.  Download it and use it with your classroom.
This Reader’s Theater rubric will help with assessment for meeting Speaking and Listening goals. Download it and use it with your classroom. You’ll find the rubric at 

http://www.ereaderstheater.com/assessment.html

The first column of the rubric is Meeting the Speaking and Listening Standards. There are four rows and each is an aspect of the overall speaking and listening standards, representing a key area in the standards. A four-point scale showing a gradient of growth helps teachers and students set learning goals.

Presentation of Self reflects building self-confidence in sharing and presenting information as a learner through performance.

Energy and Enthusiasm are ways students show interest in a topic and understand the methods for responding in a group; Reader’s Theater is a great vehicle for practicing these areas.

Voice and Pacing are part of daily classroom interactions and can be taught and strengthen through performance activities.

Eye Contact and Body Language begin in the earliest grades as students learn the process of communicating their understandings and holding effective conversations.

A rubric differs from a checklist in that it has broad areas for measuring progress over time. It is part of an effective formative assessment process. The checklists are an integral part of the use of a rubric for meeting standards. Teachers need both to support implementation of Reader’s Theater in the classroom for all students to achieve.

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