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Lesson 8 - Readers Theater: Practicing with Criteria

teaches Common Core State Standards RF.2.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/2/4
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1/a
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1.b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1/b
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1.c http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1/c

Lesson 8 - Readers Theater: Practicing with Criteria

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 8 Narrative found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can use criteria to practice a Readers Theater play with my group. 
  • I can read a Readers Theater script with fluency and expression. 

Ongoing Assessment

  • During Work Time C, circulate to observe students’ use of the performance criteria. 

Purpose of Lesson

  • In Work Time A, students build criteria for performing the Readers Theater. Taking part in the building of these criteria helps students understand their expectations and holds them accountable for self-assessment throughout the process. Practice with reading in a group allows students to build skills toward speaking and listening standards as well as reading fluency.
  • Be aware that although the tone of the Readers Theater plays is fun and playful, some of the subject matter, such as floods and earthquakes, may remind some students of traumatic experiences. Research to make sure the topics are not problematic for students who may have experienced similar events. Consider whether the topic or text is too sensitive for a student to perform in front of the class. Invite students and their families to have private conferences or simply allow students to reflect silently.

In Advance

  • Predetermine Readers Theater groups of about eight students with an assigned script based on classroom dynamics, student personalities, and reading abilities. Groups will remain the same across Lessons 8–9. Consider assigning parts for each student within their groups based on reading ability.
  • Preview the Readers Theater script with students who may need more support working with classmates.
  • Prepare:
    • Technology necessary to play “Readers Theater: Building Fluency and Expression” in the Opening.
    • Working to Become Effective Learners Anchor Chart.
  • Review the Think-Pair-Share Anchor Chart. 
  • Post: Learning targets, Readers Theater: Brainstorm Criteria Anchor Chart, and Performance Criteria for Small Groups.

Digital Materials Preparation

  • Prepare to display the lesson.

Vocabulary 

  • Lesson-specific: Readers Theater, criteria, script, fluency, expression, rehearseperseverance, collaboration

Materials

  • Readers Theater: Building Fluency and Expression” 
  • Readers Theater: Brainstorm Criteria Anchor Chart (new; co-created with students during Work Time A)
  • Readers Theater Brainstorm Criteria Anchor Chart (Example, for Teacher Reference) 
  • Performance Criteria Anchor Chart (new; co-created with students during Work Time A)
  • Performance Criteria Anchor Chart (Example, for Teacher Reference) 
  • Readers Theater Script: Boat School (one per student in this group and one to display)
  • Readers Theater Script: Rainforest School (one per student in this group and one to display)
  • Readers Theater Script: Tent School (one per student in this group and one to display)
  • Performance Criteria for Small Groups (one per student and one to display)
  • Working to Become Effective Learners Anchor Chart (new; teacher-created)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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