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Readers Theater Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Readers theater might be described as a deconstructed method of acting. This lesson plan teaches students about readers theater with the help of a text lesson and a simple performance activity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'readers theater'
  • distinguish between the different types of readers theater

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.4

Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 6 Language standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)

Key Vocabulary

  • Readers theater
  • Minimalism
  • Performative
  • Developmental
  • Educational

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