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Digital Resources

  • Professionally recorded scripts, poems, and songs to promote choral reading and allow students to hear rhythm and expression for increased fluency.
  • Copies of poems and songs in digital and transparency formats.

Teacher's Guide

Provides differentiation strategies and second language support activities to provide effective reading, writing, listening and speaking instructions to English language learners.

  • Easy-to-use, standards-based lesson plans incorporate strategies recommended by fluency expert Dr. Timothy Rasinski and focus on improving accuracy, automaticity, and oral expression.
  • Easy-to-implement lesson plans and teaching strategies for each script to maximize instructional time and minimize prep time.
  • Includes additional focus on comprehension strategies, word work, and embedded literacy links to content-area topics.

Scripts

  • Each script features content-area and common literature-based texts with roles written at different reading levels to help all students participate in a proven reader's theater model.
  • 8 Scripts, 6 copies each, ranging from 16-32 pages per book at different reading levels in print and digital formats Builds student fluency and oral language skills through authentic repeated readings of scripts.
  • Incorporates an original song and poem that students perform within the reader's theater performances.

Student Engagement

  • Students interact cooperatively to read aloud their scripts to apply literacy skills, cooperation, and creativity into performance.
  • Requires active participation to encourage reluctant and proficient readers to use expressive voices and gestures.
  • Encourages all students to participate and engage in the same activity, regardless of their current reading ability, enabling all readers to gain confidence and feel successful.
  • Students recognize the value of practice and hard work as they analyze their performances.

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Authentically Building Fluency

Moving beyond the understanding of fluency as a speed-reading concept, a clear definition of fluency includes accuracy, automaticity, and prosody.

In this professional development, learners will:

  • Identify the research that demonstrates that fluency is critical to reading comprehension.
  • Develop understanding of effective assessment and instructional methods to develop fluency.
  • Practice strategies and discover tools to support fluency development.
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  This series is excellent for motivating young readers! The children are able to convey meaning and excitement using their voices, facial expressions and energy. The entire class becomes engaged in the story and follows along while their classmates act out the scenes. This series increases fluency as the students become completely engaged in the characters and the setting. There are many ways to embellish the fun and informative text with props and simple costume pieces. These would make a great addition to a school library or reading specialist’s collection.  

  The Building Fluency through Reader’s Theatre kits and resources provided our students and staff with instructional tools to tap into our student’s background and use it as an asset for learning. The materials served as a perfect supplement to our units of study, specifically our first module on Immigration. It was great to see how our teachers integrated language and content on a relevant topic to enhance our student language and literacy skills.  

  …The third grade teachers utilize the Reader’s Theater Kits as an engaging resource that can be done either as a whole class activity or through learning stations. The self-contained special education teachers appreciate having the leveled scripts to support their instruction of challenging content spanning multiple grade-levels. Reader’s Theater is a fun and effective technique for building students’ fluency through social studies…  

  …The best thing we can give our students is the keys to unlocking the future. They see many troubling aspects of life due to their home environments and disabilities. They need to feel like a success and that reading is the key to unlocking those doors. Keep up the wonderful work of providing excellent materials for teachers and students.  

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