Be sure to give Reader’s Theater a try in the new year. The benefits of doing plays and read alouds are great with developing oral language and fluency. Taking parts in a play helps develop conversational skills as this reinforces listening to each other, taking turns, and can even include eye contact. Plays usually aren’t memorized but reread to a point where all readers are successful and feel positive about the reading experience.
Rereading can be at higher reading level with more complex text. The frequent rereading with a purpose can help students stretch their skills and strategies. And reading plays helps students develop phrasing and expression, key factors in reading comprehension.