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Reader's Theatre can be used to combine basic literature and writing instruction with creative arts. Improvisational playmaking by students, using literature in the form of plays, prose, and poetry, forms the basis of Reader's Theatre. Use of Reader's Theatre in the classroom can: (1) foster deeper understanding of character, setting, and plot through the reading, interpretation, and experience of dramatic performance; (2) create deeper understanding of content and a sense of identity and personal validation by making students responsible for their own learning; and (3) encourage better interpersonal interaction through the body language, voice control, and empathy inherent in the group acting experience. Results suggest that the program develops classroom energy and student/teacher motivation by engaging children in holistic involvement with literature and encouraging students to discover, ask questions, role play, and thus achieve a sense of belonging. (EF)

Descriptors: Acting, Creative Dramatics, Creative Expression, Critical Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Improvisation, Oral Interpretation, Reader Text Relationship, Readers Theater, Reading Comprehension

Author: Annarella, Lorie A.


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