Print extra copies of the script for students who have misplaced their scripts.
Keep a master copy close by on a handy clipboard. If you find clipboards on sale at the dollar store—it is a great idea to have clipboards for each student to hold their scripts in their hands.
Have highlighter pens for students to highlight their speaking roles. Some teachers like to use acetate covers or clear plastic folders over the script so that students can mark up the script.
When you select a script to do with your class—make it an event! Begin the script by reading it aloud to your class. Then hand out the scripts and read the play again to the students allowing them to hear your excitement as you read.
Be sure to make reference to the original source of the play. If the script is an adaptation from a book, be sure to have the book in the classroom so that students can make the connection to the book.
When you coach your students–aim your coaching specifically at a character’s emotions and motivations.
Send the scripts home with students to practice. Reading to parents is a great opportunity to build reading fluency by practicing at home.
Consider inviting an audience to watch the Readers Theater presentation. Students enjoy performing for one another.
Above all–Have fun with Readers Theater and staging plays. Remember that this is a fun way to encourage fluency in reading but it is also a fun and memorable activity for your students.
And check out ereaderstheater.com for great plays, ideas and teacher support. Just browse, print and produce!