Stories with Stan 03/24 - By Stan

Let’s continue to bring our families closer together during this time with reading.I hope you enjoyed the first episode of Stories with Stan, and thank you to those who reached out and told me they did! Today and in the upcoming weeks I’ll be sharing stories by my favorite children’s book author, Kobi Yamada. His new book, "Maybe", is a MUST have for every household. It reminds us that we are all here for a reason and we all have potential to do great things. Enjoy :)

Activity #2: Reader’s Theater

During my days as a second grade teacher, one of my kids’ favorite activities was Reader’s Theater!What is Reader's Theater?It's a way to involve students in reading aloud. In Reader's Theater, students "perform" by reading scripts created from grade-level books or stories. These are usually done without costumes or props.

Reader's Theater is a wonderful technique for helping readers learn to read aloud with expression.When Reader’s Theater is done without props, you teach the readers to learn that the expression in their voices needs to provide much of the drama of the story.

Reader's Theater in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Choose a script.Choose a prepared script, or have kids choose a book from which to develop a reader's theater script.
  2. Adapt the script.If adapting, kids identify speaking parts (including narrators) and break down the story into dialogue.
  3. Assign parts.Kids might try out different parts to get a feel for them, then choose their roles themselves.
  4. Highlight parts and rehearse.Kids highlight their dialogue, then practice their lines at home and in groups during school.
  5. Perform.The cast reads the play aloud for an audience, often made up of parents or younger students.

Hear are some online resources for Reader's Theater Scripts:

Happy Performing!Thank you for tuning in and there will be more literacy resources to come! “Always remember to be kind, and never judge a person, or a book, by their covers”-Stan Tucker