Action! Students Create Reader's Theater
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Characters and Dialogue pre-lesson.
Students will be able to create a script by writing dialogue for a story's characters.
- Explain that dialogue is the words that characters say.
- Tell students that dialogue helps the readers understand the actions and thoughts of the characters.
- Tell students that dialogue in a skit or play looks different than it does in prose or a poem.
- Explain to students that they are going to use characters' words and actions in a passage to create a skit, or a Reader's Theater script.
- Provide a student-friendly definition with a labeled example of prose, poem, and skit.
- Allow ELs to look up the terms (dialogue, prose, poem, skit) with a home language resource.
- Have ELs discuss what they know about dialogue with a partner and then share out as a whole group. Allow them to use L1 or L2.
- Provide a word bank for students to use when discussing what they know about dialogue.
- Show examples of dialogue in prose and a poem.