Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Tip 7: Differentiate Your Reader’s Theater

Posted on April 07, 2012 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction, Literacy, News

One of the best ways to help a child read more fluently is to engage them in repeated readings of the same text. The problem, of course, is that this task can be dull for some students and can make a reluctant reader even more disinterested in literacy lessons.

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For this reason, many teachers in K-12 inclusive classrooms use Reader’s Theater to not only address issues of fluency, but to get all students to dive into text in a unique and potentially entertaining way. Reader’s Theater is also very easy to adapt for diverse learners as you will see in this scene from Phyllis Ryan’s classroom. Phyllis is so thoughtful in the planning of her lessons and this comes through in the clip.

This is the last clip featuring footage from the “You’re Going to Love This Kid” DVD and Professional Development Kit. I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peak and that you have some new ideas to take into your classrooms. Be sure to go back and comment on any ideas you found interesting as I am “drawing” a book winner tonight.

Comments

  1. From Candace on 7 Apr 2012

    Fantastic idea, we have been working with precision reading but this would offer interaction with others as well as fluency practice!

  2. From Julie Mecikalski on 8 Apr 2012

    I have never seen colored see-through tape. Where can this be found?

  3. From pat on 19 May 2012

    And they never tire of the Reader’s Theater, no matter how many times you read it!