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Free & Funny Readers Theater Scripts

Free Readers Theater Scripts and Poems

 

AN OVERVIEW OF READERS’ THEATER

How can you improve students’ reading fluency? Readers’ theater! It doesn’t matter how you spell theater (theater or theatre). It doesn’t matter where you put the apostrophe (readers’ or reader’s). In fact, you might not even use as apostrophe at all (readers). But no matter what, readers’ theater is a fun way for students to practice the four aspects of fluent reading:

ACCURACY, RATE, PHRASING, and EXPRESSION

I call this “ARPE” for short. Of course, that’s mainly because it’s a lot more fun to say, “We’re gonna rock the ARPE!” than it is to say, “Class, today we’re going to work on our accuracy, reading rate, phrasing, and expression.”

Anyway, part of the beauty of readers’ theater is that it requires no memorization or acting by the students—the “acting” simply comes through their expressive reading. Likewise, no costumes, props, or sets are needed to perform readers’ theater (although students may elect to add some of those elements for fun).

FLUENCY—SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
  1. Nonfluent readers have little or no attention left to devote to comprehending what they’ve read.
  2. As you seek to increase students’ fluency, be sure to model fluent reading and provide explicit guidance and feedback that will help them improve.
  3. Consider fluency-focused activities that incorporate:
    Readers’ theater
    Poetry
    Song lyrics or song parodies
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

Readers’ theater can be woven into an English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum in order to support a broad range of learning standards. Here’s a handful of the third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that readers’ theater can help students achieve:

GRADE 3
Reading: Literature: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Reading: Foundational Skills: Fluency:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.3.4
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Speaking & Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.5
Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.

GRADE 4
Reading: Literature: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Reading: Foundational Skills: Fluency:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Speaking & Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

GRADE 5
Reading: Literature: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Reading: Foundational Skills: Fluency:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Speaking & Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.6
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

GRADE 6
Speaking & Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.6
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS

All complete readers’ theater scripts on this page are free to be downloaded, copied, shared, and performed for noncommercial purposes. However, I do ask that the scripts not be reposted online without permission. (Of course, it’s fine to link back to this page.) If you are interested in using any of my humorous readers’ theater scripts commercially, please contact me.


FREE & FUNNY READERS’ THEATER SCRIPTS

Click the titles below to download my FREE readers’ theater scripts via my Readers’ Theater Fast & Funny Fluency site. If you’d like to be notified when new scripts are added to my site (and to receive other news), please subscribe to my e-newsletter:  “T. P.’s THREE R’s: READING, WRITING & RAMBLING.”

Also, I have many other readers’ theater scripts and readers’ theater poetry collections available for purchase, including an 8-script collection for my “Mother Goose Interrupted” series, which puts a comical readers’ theater twist on classic nursery rhymes.

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DAVY CROCKPOT: A TALL (& TWISTED) TALE

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Number of readers: 6

Approximate length: 6 minutes

EXCERPTED FROM THE “TALL TALES BONUS BUNDLE.”

*Read FIVE TRAITS OF TALL TALES for genre information about tall tales that can be worked into a tall tales mini-lesson.

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MOTHER GOOSE INTERRUPTED: THIS LITTLE PIGGY

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Number of readers: 6

Approximate length: 5 minutes

EXCERPTED FROM THE 8-SCRIPT “MOTHER GOOSE INTERRUPTED” COLLECTION.
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SILLY POEMS SERIES: BABYSITTING SUPERMAN (& OTHER SILLY POEMS)

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Number of readers: 3 – 7

Approximate length: 2 1/2 minutes

EXCERPTED FROM THE 10-POEM “ANOTHER SILLY POEMS COLLECTION.”
 Charlie Gave Me Chocolates
SILLY POEMS SERIES: CHARLIE GAVE ME CHOCOLATES

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Number of readers: 2

Approximate length: 1 1/2 minutes

EXCERPTED FROM THE 4-POEM “CUPID SHOT MY TEACHER: A VALENTINE’S DAY SILLY POEMS COLLECTION.”
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SILLY POEMS SERIES: THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER VACATION

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Number of readers: 3

Approximate length: 1 1/2 minutes

EXCERPTED FROM THE 8-POEM “SCHOOL’S ALMOST OUT: A SUMMERTIME SILLY POEMS COLLECTION.”
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SILLY POEMS SERIES: I GAVE MYSELF A HAIRCUT (& OTHER SILLY POEMS)

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Number of readers: 3 – 7

Approximate length: 2 1/2 minutes

EXCERPTED FROM THE 10-POEM “THE SILLY POEMS COLLECTION.”
 Springtime readers' theater poem
SILLY POEMS SERIES: JILL McTIBBLE’S GARDEN

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Number of readers: 2

Approximate length: 1 1/2 minutes

EXCERPTED FROM THE 8-POEM “THE OCTOPUS ON MY HEAD: A SPRINGTIME SILLY POEMS COLLECTION.”
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SILLY POEMS SERIES: THE T-REX FROM MY CEREAL

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Number of readers: 2

Approximate length: 1 1/2 minutes

EXCERPTED FROM THE 10-POEM “THE T-REX FROM MY CEREAL: A SILLY POEMS COLLECTION.”

 

View a funny, 2-student readers’ theater performance of “Mother Goose Interrupted: Little Miss Muffet”!

 

Do your students find my readers’ theater to be fun and funny? If you use any of my free readers’ theater scripts to help your students improve their reading fluency, I’d love your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment below!


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3 thoughts on “Readers’ Theater

  • Jill Satterfield

    Wow! I came across a post on FB, and that led me here! I am not surprised and yet, so thankful, that you are publishing!!! Have you published the story where the character shoots apple peel out of a nostril yet?

    • tpjagger@gmail.com Post author

      Alas, Jill, “Apple Peels, Dodgeball & Other Deadly Middle School Dangers” remains a story in writing-file-drawer limbo….