Reader’s Theater

Reader's Theater Lesson

Whether or not you are new to Reader’s Theater, this lesson will provide you with innovative ways to bring it into your classroom.  Providing a bridge from drama to theatre as well as an excellent opportunity for vocal work, Reader’s Theater is a versatile learning tool and tons of fun for all! Adaptable for all age groups, you can even extend this lesson to introduce public speaking to older students. There is also a rubric available which can be used to teach up to 7 different skills of your choosing. Inflection, tone, pitch, rate, and projection are all skills introduced through this lesson.

Reader's Theater Rubric 

Plot Boosters

Plot Boosters

Use this list of plot boosters to develop original stories for your drama work! These ideas can support the plot by moving the story along, giving the reader/viewer new information, showing character changes, foreshadowing, providing irony, creating cause and effect, and supporting the message and/or theme of the story. 

How the World Was Formed on Turtle’s Back Lesson

How the World Was Formed on Turtle’s Back Lesson

“How the World Was Formed on Turtle’s Back” is an Onondaga creation story that features a team of vibrant animal characters who work together to save a young woman’s life and create the world as we know it. This lesson provides numerous opportunities for students to use their bodies and voices to create characters and practice transformation. You may also integrate Language Arts by discussing the importance of personification and character traits in the story.

Bound No’th Blues Lesson

Bound No'th Blues Lesson

Bound No'th Blues Assessment Checklist

The beauty and clarity of Langston Hughes’ words makes his work ideal for introducing students to the joys of studying poetry. By adapting Hughes’ poem Bound No’th Blues into a drama, students can practice collaboration, imitation, and concentration skills. You may also choose to integrate Language Arts and Social Studies skills into the lesson, by encouraging students to analyze the use of figurative language in the poem and investigate what this artist’s work tells us about this era in US history.

Bound No'th Blues Journal (Grades 6-8)

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.

Inferencing and Questioning in “The Daydreamer” Lesson

Inferencing and Questioning in "The Daydreamer" Lesson

Inferencing and Questioning in "The Daydreamer" Rubric

Want a way to get students to make inferences and ask questions about a text while addressing bullying issues? This lesson for fourth through eighth graders is the first in a series that makes up a longer unit based on McEwan’s book, THE DAYDREAMER. Students work alone and then with a partner to create characters and act out their ideas based on inferences about the story.

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Lesson

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Lesson

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Rubric

This lesson gets participants of all ages loving words and thinking of them as colorful ways to communicate their ideas. So put those worksheets and spelling tests down for time to have students build a relationship with words in a new way! Participants work in teams and practice their ensemble and brainstorming skills. Older participants will experience and come to appreciate the connotative and denotative beauty of words.

Adding Details and Emotional Color to Writing Lesson

Adding Details and Emotional Color to Writing Lesson

Adding Details and Emotional Color to Writing Rubric

Beginning writers often leave out details that add color, emotion, and sensory elements to stories, poems, and nonfiction text. Likewise, beginning actors often create characters with little detail of gesture, facial expression, and movement. This integrated lesson is geared toward writers and actors of all ages who are excited about painting pictures with their words and physical choices. You will see improvement starting with the first introduction of this lesson. Use this lesson over and over again; it is always different because the students are the creators.

What to Feed a Tarantula Poem

What to Feed a Tarantula Poem

This tarantula proves to be a very loyal pet… perhaps to a fault! In this poem, the narrator has a very sweet friendship with their pet tarantula, until a bullying cousin comes to visit and things take an unfortunate turn. Students in grades 2-7 can practice animal characters, movement, problem solving or transformation. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson.

What to Feed a Tarantula Journal: Grades 2-4

What to Feed a Tarantula Journal: Grades 5-7

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each poem, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.

The Playground Poem

The Playground Poem

Will this kid ever put down the game controller? It seems unlikely, until they meet a new friend who changes everything. This thrilling poem describes what happens when two children bond over their shared love of video games and bring their virtual worlds to life through imagination and play. Students in grades 2-6 can practice collaboration, imitation, or transformation. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson.

The Playground Journal: Grades 2-4

The Playground Journal: Grades 5-6

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each poem, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.

The Old House Poem

The Old House Poem

This haunted house contains a surprise that no one could ever guess… In this poem, two kids visit a spooky old house where there may or may not be a ghost. Students in grades 3-7 will have so much fun with this poem! Opportunities for skill building include: adding details, using sound effects, and creating body objects. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson.

The Old House Journal: Grades 3-5

The Old House Journal: Grades 6-7

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each poem, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.