Friday, March 9, 2012
The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane and the Power of Readers Theater
Yesterday, we really concentrated on Chapter 22. This is a difficult chapter for children to understand, as it is a little like a dream sequence. All the characters we've met in previous chapters are there, and it is unclear how they all seem to know each other. In any event, we read this several times in the form of a Readers Theater script. There were 6 narrators, as well as the character parts. These kids love drama - to them, there is a fine line between play and dramatic work (just visit at recess some day, you'll see children inventing characters, scenes, and stories). Readers Theater is one form of drama, and it is very effective in building reading fluency. It boosts listening skills, speaking skills, enhances confidence, and transforms reluctant readers into book lovers. The books come alive. We presented our Readers Theater piece to our Kindergarten buddies.
We will certainly have more Readers Theater activities in the future. And now, to find our next wonderful read-aloud ...