Fluency, we know, is one of five pillars for reading instruction. I did some action research on the effectiveness of RT and the results were overwhelmingly positive. My students made significant gains in reading fluency and had fun doing it. Wicked motivating. So I thought I'd share this...
Reader's Theater works best in a 3-5 Script Reading. Day 1 is a cast reading and vocabulary day. Day 2 is a first reading with students giving and getting feedback. Day 3 is dress rehearsal and DAy 4 is the Big Show.
Invite another class to watch. This motivates readers to reread and reread until they perform it with prosody and perfect expressive pacing.
I have rubrics and other resources if you would like to launch a RT with your students. I have science and social studies scripts as well.