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English Language Arts Grade 1
Reading: Literature Standard 2
Students will participate in reader's theater to improve their oral reading skills.
Readers theater can be spelled many ways (readers theater, readers theater, readers theater, readers theatre, readers theatre, readers theatre), but it offers students an effective tool for connecting literature, oral reading, and drama in the classroom. Students have legitimate reasons to reread text and to practice fluency. Reading tasks are made more appealing and students are also able to interact cooperatively.
Readers theater is convenient for teachers. Students need only scripts, voices, facial expressions, and bodies. Costumes, make-up, props, stage sets, and memorization are generally not included in readers theater. Students can use voice level, stress, intonation, pitch, and movement to vary performances.
Students who participate in readers theater are subtly learning the following: how language is used in written text, how to communicate to an audience, and how to interpret text. Besides encouraging students to have interest in the text, readers theater performances can easily incorporate any subject matter, such as multiculturalism. Students learn about other people when reading and performing stories from their cultures.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Ask students to close their eyes and imagine the house where they live. Tell them everyones house is different. Ask students to think about colors, materials, shape, size, and location. Ask students to think about a word to describe their houses. Give examples as necessary. Then ask students to open their eyes. Pull name sticks and allow each student to give a one-word answer (e.g., brick, stairs, apartment, windows, brown, wood).
Curriculum Extensions/Adaptations/ Integration
Snow, C.E., Burns, M.S., & Griffin, P. (Eds.) (1998). Preventing reading difficulties in young children. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.
Reading fluency is the ability to read text in a normal speaking voice with appropriate intonation and inflection. Fluency gradually improves with instruction, time, and practice. Oral reading practice is an opportunity for students to build reading fluency.
National Reading Panel. (2000). Fluency report. Retrieved 1/25/2006 from National Reading Panel
Fluency is the capability to read text out loud with satisfactory accuracy, speed, comprehension, and expression. Fluent readers read with expression and with minimal effort. Students become fluent, and therefore, better readers by reading and rereading passages orally.