Readers' Theatre: Book 1 Cover

Readers' Theatre: Book 1

Playscripts to read aloud

Speak out with the Readers' Theatre series. This resource provides short playscripts for reading aloud, to develop students' reading and oral language skills. Many of the scripts are adaptions from well-known stories and include a narrator, a high degree of word and phrase repetition, a number of chorus group lines, plus individual lines. They are designed to inspire confidence and to offer appropriate challenges for primary school students. Guidelines on how to use each play are included.

Ages: 7-9 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5346 | ISBN: 9781877478857

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Marie Langley

Marie Langley’s experience in education includes 19 years teaching in secondary and area (Years 1 to 13) schools, 10 years as head of an English department, and seven years as a deputy principal. Her published works include a thesis for a Master of Teaching and Learning degree, magazine articles, short stories, poetry, picture books, a junior novel and numerous educational resource texts. She currently lives and works in Golden Bay in the top north-west corner of the South Island of New Zealand.


How to Use This Resource Book5
Reading the Script5
Related Activities6
Additional Resources6
1. Mary and Her Lamb7
The Story11
Comprehension (Questions)12
Performance Props15
Cross-curricular Links15
2. The Pigs and the Wolf16
The Story20
Comprehension (Questions)21
Performance Props24
Cross-curricular Links24
3. The Girl in the Red Cape25
The Story29
Comprehension (Questions)30
Performance Props33
Cross-curricular Links33
4. Patsy the Pesky Cat34
The Story38
Comprehension (Questions)39
Performance Props42
Cross-curricular Links42
5. Trevor, Trevor, Trevor43
The Story47
Comprehension (Questions)48
Performance Props51
Cross-curricular Links51
Peer/Self Evaluation52
Teacher Evaluation53
Thinking Skills54