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Teacher Created Materials: Reader's Theater Booklets

2009 The Tortoise and the Hare. Dona Herweck Rice. Illustrator Chad Thompson. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater 1: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is a 24-page booklet made apparently for developing fluidity in English through reader's theater. Each volume begins with a resume of the story and two pages of tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepherd. The six characters are clearly laid out and their names are marked by different colors as the play goes through its five acts. A poem, a song, and a glossary finish off the booklet. The poem here is "What If the Score Is Against You?" and the song is "Are You Sleeping? (Frère Jacques)." These are clever choices! A repeated design marks 6 through 24. The one fuller illustration, on the book's front cover and title-page, presents the tortoise breaking the ribbon across the finish line while the hare, wearing tennis shoes, hurries to catch up. 

2009 The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs. Kathleen E. Bradley. Illustrator Agi Palinay. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater 2: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is a 24-page booklet made apparently for developing fluidity in English through reader's theater. Each volume begins with a resume of the story and two pages of tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepherd. The six characters are clearly laid out and marked by different colors as the play goes through its five acts. A poem, a song, and a glossary finish off the booklet. The poem here is "I Saw a Ship A-Sailing," and the song is "April Showers." A repeated design marks 6 through 24. The one fuller illustration is the look of delight and astonishment on the front cover. 

2009 The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Kathleen E. Bradley. Illustrator Agi Palinay. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater 3: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is a 24-page booklet made apparently for developing fluidity in English through reader's theater. Each volume begins with a resume of the story and two pages of tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepherd. The six characters are clearly laid out and their names are marked by different colors as the play goes through its five acts. A poem, a song, and a glossary finish off the booklet. The poem here is "The Shepherd" by William Blake. A repeated design marks 6 through 24. The one fuller illustration is the bored boy sitting with his head in his hand on the front cover and title-page.

2009 The Grasshopper and the Ants. Debra Housel. Illustrator Chad Thompson. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater 4: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is a 24-page booklet made apparently for developing fluidity in English through reader's theater. Each volume begins with a resume of the story and two pages of tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepherd. The six characters are clearly laid out and their names are marked by different colors as the play goes through its five acts. There are two narrators for this script, as well as two ants. A poem, a song, and a glossary finish off the booklet. A repeated design marks 6 through 24. The one fuller illustration, on the book's front cover and title-page, shows a line of ants carrying off grains while the grasshopper perches on top of a mushroom.

2009 The Lion and the Mouse. Dona Herweck Rice. Illustrator Karen Lowe. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater 5: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is a 24-page booklet made apparently for developing fluidity in English through reader's theater. Each volume begins with a resume of the story and two pages of tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepherd. The six characters are clearly laid out and their names are marked by different colors as the play goes through its five acts. A poem, a song, and a glossary finish off the booklet. A repeated design marks 6 through 24. The one fuller illustration is the face-to-face encounter of the two animals on the front cover. 

2009 The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. Debra J. Housel. Illustrator Chad Thompson. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater 6: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is a 24-page booklet made apparently for developing fluidity in English through reader's theater. Each volume begins with a resume of the story and two pages of tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepherd. The six characters are clearly laid out and their names are marked by different colors as the play goes through its five acts. A poem, a song, and a glossary finish off the booklet. The poem is Christina Rosetti's "The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse." The song here is "Home Sweet Home." A repeated design marks 6 through 24. The one fuller illustration shows the two mice scampering away from both a dog and cat on top of the table on the booklet's front cover and title-page. 

2009 The Fox and the Crow. Dona Herweck Rice. Illustrator Chad Thompson. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater 7: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is a 24-page booklet made apparently for developing fluidity in English through reader's theater. Each volume begins with a resume of the story and two pages of tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepherd. The six characters are clearly laid out and their names are marked by different colors as the play goes through its five acts. There are two narrators for this script, as well as a beetle and a cricket. A poem, a song, and a glossary finish off the booklet. The song here is Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer." A repeated design marks 6 through 24. The one fuller illustration, on the book's front cover and title-page, has the fox looking up expectantly to the crow, who holds a piece of Swiss cheese in his beak. 

2009 The North Wind and the Sun. Dona Herweck Rice. Illustrator Karen Lowe. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater 8: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is a 24-page booklet made apparently for developing fluidity in English through reader's theater. Each volume begins with a resume of the story and two pages of tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepherd. The six characters are clearly laid out and their names are marked by different colors as the play goes through its five acts. There are two narrators for this script, and the traveller's cloak speaks as well. A poem, a song, and a glossary finish off the booklet. The poem here is Christina Rossetti's "The Wind" by Robert Louis Stevenson. The song is "Blow the Man Down." A repeated design marks 6 through 24. The one fuller illustration, on the book's front cover, presents a triangle formed by the gray wind, the golden sun, and the brown traveller below and between them. 

2009 Building Fluency through Reader's Theater: Fables: Teacher's Guide. Jamey Acosta. Foreword by Timothy Rasinski. Paperbound. Huntington Beach, CA: Building Fluency through Reader's Theater: Teacher Created Materials. Gift of Teacher Created Materials through Melanie Elliott, April, '11.

This is an 8½" x 11" book for teachers using the pamphlets that teach fluency through reader's theater. This guide has three sections: introduction, fables scripts, and appendix. The introduction begins with a foreword by an avowed "Reader's Theater nut." Three pages are then given to the connection between reader's theater and fluency. Each of the pamphlets had two pages of short tips on reader's theater by Aaron Shepard. Here there are three pages of tips from the same Aaron Shepard. Next come two pages on "standards correlations": my sense is that this is outcomes assessment work for the specific stories offered here, especially when presented as a cumulative process. A summary of what is included in each lesson leads into ELL support, performance tips, and a helpful chart for assigning roles in each story. Each of the six character roles in each story is written for a different reading level. In the central section, one finds much more than the scripts. There is plenty here to make teaching each story easy for the teacher and exciting for the students. For each story there are six masks for the six characters. The appendix includes home-school connections, Aaron Shepard's (shorter) tips, contents of the two associated CD's, and a bibliography. The back cover has a pocket holding the "teacher resource CD." I would enjoy teaching this material!

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