Lesson Plan

Reader's Theater: Read the Script

Did you know that Reader's Theater promotes fluency and builds students' reading confidence? Use this lesson to inspire your students to practice reading and understanding text in the drama genre.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to read, understand, and identify the components of dramas.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(3 minutes)
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  • Ask students to think about how actors and actresses know what to say when they are on stage or filming.
  • Give students time to think independently, and instruct them to turn and talk to a partner about their thoughts. Call on nonvolunteers to share what they discussed with their partners.
  • Write the word script on the board, and share that a script is the written text of a play, movie, or television show. Point out that the actors and actresses practice their lines beforehand, and they have them memorized. Ask students to raise their hands if they have ever had to memorize lines for a play.
  • Go over the learning objective for today's lesson, and tell students that they will be reading scripts, but that they will not need to memorize their words.


  • Give students access to reference materials in their home language (L1) to look up terms, such as actor, actress, script, and play.


  • Pair students with a supportive peer or an EL with the same home language, if possible.
  • Define memorize with a student-friendly definition, and provide an example of a time when you would memorize something.