Pam enjoys using the readers theater scripts I’ve created to accompany many of my picture books, but not in the way you might expect. She uses them as paired passages with the book rather than as a performance. This approach allows students to see examples of the same information being presented two different ways.
For example, the books Feathers: Not Just for Flying and Under the Snow have a lyrical voice, while the readers theater scripts are more lively and humorous. The students can compare the two texts and discuss why I wrote them differently.
Because the animals become characters that speak in the readers theaters, students can also discuss how that shift turns the writing into informational fiction, while the book itself is expository nonfiction.
Pam says these paired-passage lessons are “fun and accessible to all the kids in my class.” I encourage you to give this teaching strategy a try.
You can find more ideas for using readers theater in your classroom by clicking the link in the List of Topics on the right-hand side of this blog.