Reader's Theater

"Anansi and the Yam Hills"
A script for 10 readers in grades 3-6.

"The Enchanted Storks," a Tale of Bagdad
The Calif and his Vizier try a spell that changes them into storks, then find they can’t change back. Reader's Theater script for 13 or more readers, ages 10-15.

"Eros and Psyche, Part I" and "Eros and Psyche, Part II"
A Reader's Theater script of the story, written by a teacher for classroom use.

"The Firebird and the Princess Vassilissa," A Russian Folktale
In this humorous take on the traditional tale, a young archer must capture the magical creature called the Firebird for his Czar. In the process he also wins the hand of the beautiful princess, Vassilissa. He accomplishes his mission with the help of a magical talking horse. Access requires Adobe Reader.

Four Dollars and Fifty Cents
Script for Reader's Theater. Word processor required.

The Gifts of Wali Dad, a tale of India and Pakistan
Wali Dad, a humble grass-cutter, never asked for wealth—so why can’t he give it away? Script for 15 voices, ages 8-13.

"Holiday High Jinks"
A reader's theater script for December.

It's All in the Delivery: Adapting Prose for Reader's Theater
"In this lesson, students will explore how delivering text conveys intent and meaning. They will then adapt any text being studied in class into script formats for discussion and presentations." This lesson is designed to be used with Jane Eyre but lends itself well to rhetorical analysis of almost any work.

The Legend of Lightning Larry
A cowboy with a huge smile, a gun that shoots bolts of light, and a hankering for lemonade takes on Evil-Eye McNeevil’s outlaw gang. Script for 22 or more voices, ages 7-12.

The Legend of Slappy Hooper
Slappy is the world’s biggest, fastest, bestest sign painter, but he's too good—his pictures keep coming to life. Script for 8 or more readers, ages 8-13.

Reader's Theater
This 3-page handout introduces RT to students. Access requires MS-Word or compatible application.

Reader's Theater: A Reason to Read Aloud
A good introduction to incorporating RT in the classroom.

Readers Theatre Basics
Suggestions for getting started with RT, including how to adapt an existing piece of literature into an RT script.

Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays
Several scripts for young children. Scroll down for more links on RT.

Reader's Theater: Tacky the Penguin
A reader's theater script of the children's book.

Resthaven
This reader's theater script is for 6 or more voices, ages 12-15. Based on Nancy Farmer's The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, it is set in Zimbabwe. Tendai and his sister Rita get a taste of traditional village life, but only one of them is pleased.

Savitri
The princess Savitri must use all her wit and will to save her husband from the god of death. Based on an ancient tale from India. Script for 11 readers, ages 9-15.

Tristan and Iseult
A teacher shares her script for this play. Access requires Adobe Reader.

"The War Prayer" by Mark Twain
Reader's Theater script for 8 or more readers, ages 12 and up.



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