I listened to a podcast with Dr. Chase Young, in which he described is protocol for Readers Theater. He will set out scripts on Monday and students choose one. They read it all the way through and then on Tuesday, they meet with other students with the same script. This is when they choose a part. Through the remainder of the week, they practice with the script and then present on Friday. The key to this is having short scripts, so the entire fluency activity takes about 10 minutes each day.
The challenged, of course, is finding short scripts. I have plenty of really long ones, but practicing these enough to the point where all students can present is difficult. Moreover, I want to make sure they are practicing with content that is a good fit for outcomes they will repeatedly see throughout their academic careers.
This was the motivation to make scripts that have students practice fluency.
|Content||Title||Number of Parts||Link|
|Classifying Living Things||Classifying Living Animals||3||here|
|Classifying Living Things||How Plants Get What They Need||5||here|
|Classifying Living Things||Native Nevada Plants||6||here|
|Classifying Living Things||The Incredible Journey of a Seed||6||here|
|Classifying Living Things||The Magic of Photosynthesis||6||here|
|Classifying Living Things||The Six Kingdoms||5||here|
|Classifying Living Things||The Wonders of the Plant Kingdom||6||here|