Lesson plan

Lesson 9 - Readers Theater: Performing Our Scripts

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 9 - Readers Theater: Performing Our Scripts

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 9 Narrative found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can apply our criteria as I perform a Readers Theater script with my group. 
  • I can read a Readers Theater script with fluency and expression. 
  • I can reflect on my learning from this unit.

Ongoing Assessment

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

Purpose of Lesson

  • This is the final lesson in Unit 2, and it culminates in students’ Readers Theater performances. The performances help students revisit the learning they have done about communities around the world that find solutions to their problems to get students to school.
  • In the Closing, students participate in the routine of reflecting on and assessing their learning at the end of a unit. While self-assessing, students focus on the content of this unit to see if their ideas about school have developed or changed.

In Advance

  • Consider having students place their scripts on their table or in an easily accessible place before beginning the lesson to ensure an easier transition to Work Time A.
  • Consider creating a visual for audience member expectations in Work Time C.
  • Review the Think-Pair-Share Anchor Chart. 
  • Post: Learning targets, Readers Theater Final Criteria anchor chart, Unit 2 Guiding Questions Anchor Chart, and Module Guiding Question Anchor Chart.


  • Lesson-specific: reflect, criteria, fluency, expression


  • Performance Criteria Anchor Chart (begun in Lesson 8)
  • Readers Theater Scripts: Boat School (from Lesson 8; one per student)
  • Performance Criteria for Small Groups (from Lesson 8; one to display and one per group)
  • Unit 2 Guiding Questions Anchor Chart (begun in Lesson 1)
  • Module Guiding Question Anchor Chart (begun in Unit 1, Lesson 2)











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