Benefits of Reader’s Theater

Benefits of Reader’s Theater

By Haley Hall, B.A.
LEAP Instructor & Learning Specialist

Have you heard of reader’s theater? Reader’s theater is a type of acting in which performers do not memorize their lines. Sets, costumes and actions are minimal, and the focus is on each performer’s words and expression. This month in our Triumph Over Reading program the students are working on a reader’s theater to perform for their families on the last day.

There are many benefits of reader’s theater, including:

  • improved reading fluency through repetitive readings of the text
  • increased expression while reading aloud
  • accurate comprehension of the story line
  • improved confidence in students’ reading

Many times a reader’s theater script is adapted from a book. In the Triumph Over Reading program we are working on a reader’s theater called, “How I Became a Pirate,” adapted from the book by Melissa Long. You can find the script from Mandy’s Tips 4 Teachers blog post. For some tips on helping your child read aloud, check out Megan H’s blog post!


Haley Hall is a Learning Specialist at Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center. ETLC has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech language therapy and tutoring as well as offer a unique group, the Language Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP). At Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.

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