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Circle Road by Shel Silverstein Original Text

Circle Road by Shel Silverstein
Original Text

Circle Road by Shel Silverstein Poetry Interpretation Using Scratch

Circle Road by Shel Silverstein
Poetry Interpretation Using Scratch

Batty by Shel Silverstein Original Text

Batty by Shel Silverstein
Original Text

Batty by Shel Siverstein Readers Theatre using Scratch

Batty by Shel Siverstein
Readers Theatre using Scratch

 

Poetry Interpretation Using “Scratch”

 Readers Theatre is a form of theatre or drama. As its title suggests, it focuses on reading. It’s a reading and learning tool that adds fun and excitement to oral reading activities, and helps stimulate interest in reading and learning. It helps improve reading skills by providing a purpose for practicing reading, and can also improve understanding of what is being read.

There are different styles of Readers Theatre. However, generally, it involves readers reading aloud. In this project they use their voices to interpret a poem. It’s nonthreatening, since readers have a script and get to practice repeatedly before creating the piece.

It’s different from regular theatre in a number of ways. It’s much simpler because it is not meant to represent reality, so

What are some benefits of Readers Theatre?

 Besides being simple for parents, teachers or instructors to organize, Readers Theatre using “Scratch” provides a number of benefits for readers and listeners.

Readers Theatre in Five Easy Steps

Readers Theatre is easy. To get started, here’s a summary of what you need to do.

  1. Choose a script. Choose a prepared script or have participants choose a poem from which to develop an RT script.
  2. Adapt the script. If adapting, participants identify speaking parts and break down the text into dialogue.
  3. Assign parts. Participants might try out different parts to get a feel for them, and then choose their roles themselves.
  4. Highlight parts and rehearse. Participants highlight their dialogue, and then practice their lines at home and in groups during school.
  5. Design the graphics using “Scratch”. Create the stage, sprites, and actions using the coding modules available in “Scratch”
  6. The cast records the script using the recording components of “Scratch”.
  7. The cast plays their “Scratch Production” for an audience, often made up of parents or younger students.

 Finding and Choosing Scripts

You can find poems suitable for Readers Theatre in many anthologies, but you will also find them on a variety Internet sites. Most of them are free for educational or non-commercial purposes. You can download them, print them and copy them.

Choose poems that:

When doing Readers Theatre with young children, it is important to choose an easy poem or rhyme that is predictable and/or has a lot of repetition for younger children.

Using a prepared script is the best way to start. There are two other options, however, that involve writing a script:

Adapted from the NWT Literacy Council “How To Kit: Readers Theatre”