Quick Tips for Reader’s Theater in Your Classroom

The easiest way to perform Reader’s Theater is with the cast at the front of the room, facing the audience, scripts in hand. Use of name tags showing the name of each character may be helpful for younger groups.

Kids should stand as they read their parts. Music stands can hold the scripts, leaving kids’ hands free to turn pages and gesticulate. Another option is to use clipboards to hold the scripts. (Clipboards are available at Target for 49 cents)

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For a seated performance, chairs are fine, and tall stools are even more theatrical.

Kids should be encouraged to read their lines with as much creative expression as they can. Ask them to be aware of one another and to listen respectfully.

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