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 

Sixth Grade Journal: Reader's Theater

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.

Grade Level

  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Adding Details
  • Body
  • Body Gestures
  • Character
  • Characterization
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Conflict
  • Cooperation
  • Dialogue
  • Ensemble
  • Gesture
  • Imagination
  • Imitation
  • Language
  • Listening
  • Narrator
  • Practicing
  • Speaking Lines
  • Story Elements
  • Storytelling Narration
  • Teamwork
  • Vocal & Nonvocal Sounds
  • Voice
  • Voice Expression


  • Action
  • Cause and Affect
  • Character Motivation
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Emotions
  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Narration
  • Speaking
  • Story Elements
  • Story Setting
  • Story Structure
  • Teamwork


  • Open