Reader’s Theater and Fluency Practice

Linda Cornwell, Literacy Expert and former teacher, Carmel, Indiana
Linda Cornwell, Literacy Expert and teacher, Carmel, Indiana

“Readers’ theatre provides readers with a legitimate reason to reread text and to practice fluency. [RT] also promotes cooperative interaction with peers and makes the reading task appealing.”

Linda Cornwell, an education consultant and former teacher from Carmel, Indiana, explains that “while RT has a lot of power on its own, the power is greatly increased when kids prepare their own scripts — they are truly integrating reading, writing, and thinking skills.”

Another boon of RT is its ability to develop interpersonal, social, and collaborative skills — particularly among struggling students.  “RT is a hands-on approach that honors different modalities…honors those kids who need a different way of expressing themselves.”

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