Poetry and Readers Theater

#Poetry works great for Readers Theater. Use these ideas to integrate poetry into your #lesson plans.
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APRIL = National Poetry Month Here are some great resources to help you. Remember, once you find poems you want they can be easily read CHORALLY together or divide the lines for small group choruses. How about a Readers Theater poetry day each week? :)


National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students


*** FREE Christmas Readers Theater: "Not the Night Before Christmas." Unsolicited feedback from a teacher... "Wow! I have to tell you that your script, Twas not the night before Christmas (????) is soooo funny. The kids love it! Thank you. They laughed so hard...." Of course, this script is based on the traditional poem ""Twas the Night Before Christmas." For more trustworthy Readers Theater scripts see www.ReadersTheaterAllYear.com

Not the Night Before Christmas (R=1.7)


"The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven"–funny poem for Choral Readers Theater that builds vocabulary and provides a wide variety of verbs to identify. (For more Readers Theater ideas see our Facebook page www.ReadersTheaterAllYear.com.)

The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven, poem


"We're Going On a NOUN HUNT!"–using poetry to hunt nouns. Easily integrate the poems with Choral Readers Theater or easily use noun hunts in your non-poetry RT. Great post from Mr. Hughs.

All Things Upper Elementary: We're Going On a NOUN HUNT!


Free Pensee Poem Activity. Never heard of a Pensee Poem. These would be perfect for a Readers Theater style program– each student confidently reading and then smiling with the sound of applause.

Minds in Bloom

Free Pensee Poem Activity | Minds in Bloom


Bio Poems for President's Day from Laura Candler. Use this free resource for students to create ANY kind of bio poem. Add a narrator or two to tie the poems together. Then, create a parent program or class presentation where students READ their poems Readers Theater style.

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WONDERFUL IDEA! Open Mic Fridays. Sign up for your turn at the microphone once you have practiced your poem for fluency. You could expand this to two (or more) readers and you could do a short Readers Theater script, too. Fun for all! One way to work on CCSS. (For more Readers Theater tips see www.facebook.com/ReadersTheaterAllYear )



Great Poetry Teaching Resources in Laura Candler's online file cabinet. Love her free "Poetry Brainstorming Graphic Organizer."

Laura Candler's Poetry Page


Great post: All Things Upper Elementary: Poetry vs. Prose... and more- Journey into Poetry Land Both rhyming and non-rhyming poems are good for Readers Theater, but this post explains which may be preferred by your students. :)

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Love this post: An Educator's Life: Poetry Tool #1- Rhythm Once students can RECOGNIZE rhythm in poetry, have them practice reading them aloud–chorally, then with individual interpretations. You don't even have to call it Readers Theater. ;)

An Educator's Life: Poetry Tool #1- Rhythm