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Guided Reading Play Scripts (or Readers Theater)

These ‘mini-plays' offer the perfect way in to a topic - they introduce the characters from the time, plus the necessary background material; or can be used as a consolidation of a topic - with quizzes at the end of each group reader providing the perfect opportunity to assess the learning that has taken place.

  • Sets of 5. My Guided Reading Play Scripts (also referred to as ‘mini-plays') are written in sets of 5. There are two reasons for this.  (i) The scripts were written for a class of 30 - so it made sense to break that number down into 5 groups of 6 speakers (a manageable reading group size). (ii) I wanted to take 5 aspects of the subject and deal with them separately - so that I could comprehensively cover 5 different strands of teaching. 
  • Quizzes. I produce a quiz at the end of each Guided Reading Play Script. Three reasons for this inclusion: (i) Children love quizzes! (ii) As a ‘test' of how much learning has taken place, a quiz is a great assessment tool. (iii) It is an effective way of retaining the attention of non-speakers (if the group is reading to the rest of the class) - as everybody has to answer the questions at the end! i.e. no nodding off  in the audience!
  • Different Ways of Using. As there are 5 Guided Reading Play Scripts, these can be used in a number of different ways, depending on time-scale i.e. how it can be fitted into the timetable. (i) Each group of 6 children may be given a different script; and a day for the reading of each script assigned to 5 different days of the week - so all 5 scripts are covered in the week. (ii) As for (i) but just one script/one group taken each week - to cover one half of term. (iii)One morning/afternoon or day could be set aside to cover all 5 scripts - maybe as a consolidation exercise, in the last week of term.
  • Style - Different points of view. My style of writing is deliberately ‘argumentative'. This facilitates  the expression of different points of view  in a fun, non-threatening way. This is particularly useful when touching on ‘sensitive' themes - such as differences between people of different background, bullying in school, etc. The expression of conflicting views is a great way in to further discussion of the theme.
  • Emphasis on learning. With a few exceptions my work tends to be based on the school curriculum. This was certainly my starting point in converting the whole UK History curriculum into play format. As a teacher at the time, I was writing expressly to deliver that curriculum i.e. everything a teacher would be required to deliver in his/her lesson time.


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Guided Reading Play Scripts (or Readers Theater)
R.E. (Religious Education)
R.E. (Religious Education)
Calendar Dates e.g. Saints Days
Calendar Dates e.g. Saints Days