Readers' Theater Resources
Readers' Theater Scripts and Plays
Guide for Getting Started
Readers' Theater Evaluation
Index of Readers' Theater Scripts
Aaron Shepard's Readers' Theater These are free scripts for reader’s theater (or readers theatre) adapted from stories written by Aaron Shepard and others—mostly humor, fantasy, and world tales from a variety of cultures. A full range of reading levels is included, with scripts aimed mostly at ages 8–15.
Readers' Theater Critique Sheet
Collection of Readers' Theater Scripts Scroll down a bit to find a nice list of readers' theater scripts that you can view online or download in .pdf form.
Readers' Theater Tips from Reading A-Z This handy guide offers tips for using Readers' Theater scripts and staging your play.
Reader's Theater: A Quick Guide More Tips from the Desk of Tim Rasinski
Teacher’s Guide to Readers’ Theatre Excerpted from "Readers Theatre in Elementary Classroom" and "Strategies for Reading: Readers Theatre in the Middle School" by Lois Walker.
Internet Resources for Conducting Readers Theatre This article from the International Reading Association’s Reading Online contains a wealth of useful links to Readers Theater sites on the Internet. The author also gives an overview of Readers Theater and how it may enhance literacy learning. Internet sources for script writing, implementation and assessment are also provided.
Classroom Theater Bruce Lansky describes Readers Theater and shows how performers and audiences will find this genre entertaining. Scripts and lesson plans are included.
Readers Theatre Strategies in the Middle and Junior High Classroom by Lois Walker
Introduction to Readers Theatre: A Guide to Classroom Performance by Gerald Lee Ratliff
Script Formatting--See this useful document to teach students how to properly format a script.
Cap o' Rushes Lesson Plan by Jean D. Rusting
Readers' Theater using an Indonesian Folktale Students read a short play based on the Indonesian folktale Cicak and Kancil and complete related activities.
Use this website to search for plays by length, duration, genre, cast size, gender, audience, and theme. Search to get titles and check your local library for free copies. An amazing tool!
Mr. Young's Class [The Best Class.org]
An excellent collection of alphabetized scripts. Each script indicates the number of roles, so you know before you click. All scripts are downloadable.
A Reader’s Theater for the Great Race of 1908
"In 1908, six automobiles, including the only American entry, the Thomas Flyer, embarked on a grueling 22,000-mile race from New York to Paris. [These lesson plans] were developed by Washoe County School District teachers to use in conjunction with a visit to the National Automobile Museum (the Harrah Collection) on a field trip. They may also be used in your classroom independent of the Museum's exhibit."
Story Cart Scripts for purchase
Use this website to search for plays by length, duration, genre, cast size, gender, audience, and theme. You may purchase the script from the site. An amazing tool!
These scripts are designed to support core curriculum content, and fit with multi-leveled classrooms. Roles are given a precise level so you can match them with your students appropriately. These scripts are for purchase.