9 AM - 10:30
An Early Invitation to Readers Theatre
so glad there were so many examples
to show each concept.
I can easily see how to implement this in my classroom!
R. Hall, Medicine Hat
Searching for an interesting and fun way to invite
children into reading? Readers Theatre reinforces literacy
skills in a supportive and creative manner.
This introductory session will take teachers
through strategies used for introducing scripts and working with
basic reading skills unique to each script. A wide range of original
scripts, based on favourite stories and themes, will be read and
developed in this interactive seminar. Basics of readers theatre
will also be explored with a focus on features of scripts both rhyming
10:45 - Noon
Early Invitation ... Continued
"What an inspiring
workshop! I have used readers theatre but didn't know
the potential for
excitement and engagement!"
- Anita N. Vancouver
Participants will be involved in reading and
working with scripts with a goal towards strengthening literacy
skills such as:
- comprehension, fluency, vocabulary and
expressive oral reading.
12:45 - 2 PM
Reading Beyond the Words
"I was amazed at
how much adults were engaged in these reading activities! The amount
of reading one does within a short time is amazing! What other method
actually has kids reading, rereading, following along for the entire
K. Fisher, Eau
Claire Wisconsin, USA
Readers theatre has the added benefit of giving
readers an authentic reason to go behind the words, dig for meaning
and find a VOICE for each characters as readers read beyond the
words. Because readers theatre requires frequent revisiting
of text and collaboration with peers, literacy skills, communication
skills and social skills are strengthened.
Research has shown that using readers theatre
in the classroom
can advance reading levels by up to two or
more grade levels.
session will continue with more advanced scripts, and focus on oral
reading skills which can be developed and reinforced within the
context of existing balanced reading programs. Participants will
explore and develop strategies to:
2:15 - 3:00 PM
Putting it All Together
"The workshop was
great! I now have an idea of where to start with my class and what
areas of readers theatre I can focus on to develop my students'
oral reading skills." - Jennifer P Abbotsford, BC
This session allows participants the opportunity
to put theory into practice. Working in groups, participants will
prepare a script intended for more advanced readers. Guidance will
be given for staging: blocking, entrances, exits, props, background
and so forth.