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Readers Theatre: First Grade

Readers Theatre allows first graders to exercise their newfound reading skills and truly communicate, as teachers assess student progress and identify next steps.

Instead of simply reading aloud to the teacher, students read to their fellow students and parents—a real audience. Each has his or her part to read, and the students depend upon one another to make the story come alive. Several rehearsals are necessary, so some repetition is built into the process, solidifying the learning and its expression. The teacher keeps an anecdotal record of miscues, so that the next steps in a child’s reading journey can be taken when the Readers Theatre is over.

Teachers use anecdotal record keeping to catch students in the midst of their learning and identify next steps in the child's reading journey. This process provides a genuine view of student learning, enabling teachers to continue their important role in authentic assessment.