Fables and Folklore by Margaret Ph.D. Allen, Amy Vangsgard, Corbin Hillam
Reader's Theater is an exciting way to help students improve reading fluency without being too time intensive for the teacher. It requires no props and no additional teaching skills on your part, and it is not difficult to manage. Reader's Theater promotes better reading comprehension because students who have learned to read a passage expressively also come to better understand its meaning.
Fables & Folklore Reader's Theater provides hours of fluency practice that is grounded in the oral tradition of storytelling with characters children may already know. The scripts and activities in this resource address standards in reading, speaking, and listening while providing a fun environment for everyone involved. When students practice their lines, they read and reread the same passages. Under your direction, they gradually add more expression, read more smoothly and find any subtle meaning in the passages. Fables & Folklore Reader's Theater also meets the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act through direct instruction in three of five key elements of reading instruction: reading fluency, text comprehension, and vocabulary development.