Using Readers Theater to Differentiate Instruction
Keywords:Readers Theater, Differentiation, Reading, Comprehension, Fluency, Engagement
Regardless of grade level, English Language Arts (ELA) teachers are faced with the challenge of providing effective reading instruction to students that represent a variety of skill and interest levels. While no “one-size-fits-all” approach exists, research shows that using drama-based literacies such as Readers Theater help differentiate instruction and contribute to increased levels of fluency, engagement, and comprehension for pre-K-12 learners. This article will provide the reader with an understanding of Readers Theater, explore the current research regarding its impact, and provide suggestions for implementation in an ELA classroom.
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