Do you do Readers Theatre?
Or as we like to call it in our class, Poetry Theatre. It’s not as fancy as it sounds but it’s always a huge hit in my class.
I give my kids a poem once a week, all year long. We read it every day, talk about blends, sight words, etc. We read it in whispers, giant voices, mouse voices, that kind of thing. On Friday they put their poem in their poetry journal.
Once we have a collection of poems, I introduce Poetry Theatre. My instructions are:
- Find a partner, or two, or three (no more than four).
- Find a poem you would all like to present (rock, paper, scissors comes in handy here).
- You have 10 minutes to practice reading it with your group.
- You must also add lots of actions.
The excitement in the air is palpable as they buzz around, find partners and begin practicing. When everyone is ready we all sit down and watch the presentations.