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Skill Based Reader’s Theater | Science of Reading

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Save BIG with this bundle of Reader’s Theater plays for 7 important key reading skills! Fluency and comprehension are at the heart of upper grades reading instruction, and these skill-based reader’s theater plays have been carefully designed to review both! My students absolutely LOVE reader’s theater, and I love all the benefits they provide.

I set out to create a set of Reader’s Theater that helps students practice their reading comprehension skills, gives them plenty of opportunity for oral reading fluency practice, and provides accountability to both the readers and the audience.

Each set of plays includes 9 skills-based plays for a total of 63 plays in this reading skill-based bundle.

Which Reader’s Theater resources are included in this bundle?

  1. Story Elements Reader’s Theater Plays
  2. Inferencing Reader’s Theater Plays
  3. Sequencing Reader’s Theater Plays
  4. Cause and Effect Reader’s Theater Plays
  5. Point of View and Perspective Reader’s Theater Plays
  6. Character Traits and Conflict Reader’s Theater Plays
  7. Author’s Purpose Reader’s Theater Plays

EACH of the seven sets of Reader’s Theater Plays Includes:

  1. 9 High-Interest Reader’s Theater Play Scripts
  2. Reader Reflection Page for Each Play with a focus on a different key reading skill
  3. Audience Reflection Pages for Each Play with a focus on a key reading skill
  4. Reader’s Theater Self-Reflection Rubric

Each set of plays includes 32-34 student parts in total:

Example: (Actual number of plays and parts will vary from resource to resource)

  1. 2 Plays: Parts for 2 students
  2. 1 Play:  Parts for 3 students
  3. 2 Plays: Parts for 4 students
  4. 2 Plays: Parts for 5 students
  5. 1 Play: Parts for 6 students

Science of Reading: The science of reading recommends explicit fluency practice with connected texts in the upper grades. These passages are perfect for this!

What makes these Reader’s Theater plays unique?

  • Reader’s Theater plays with a variety of student roles included: This allows for smaller groups to maximize reading time and fluency practice, more collaboration with smaller group sizes, differentiation options, and ensures that everyone has a valuable part in the play. This also makes planning easier for teachers with various class sizes.
  • Skill-Based Plays: These plays have been written to focus specifically on helping students practice key reading skills.
  • Reader Tasks for Comprehension: Each play has a one-page reader task that asks students to think critically about the content of their play and focuses on a single key reading skill.
  • Audience Tasks for Comprehension: Hold all of your students accountable with these audience tasks!

A Note on Grade Levels: These plays are meant to practice fluency and reading skills with students reading at a 3rd-5th grade level. They have been intentionally written to include text complexities that students will often encounter, including a variety of sentence types, affixes, inflections, interjections, punctuation, expressions, etc. Please be sure to view the preview to determine whether or not they are a good fit for your students.


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Skill Based Reader’s Theater | Science of Reading