Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults

Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults

Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults

Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults


Enliven your literature and drama programs with these terrific Readers Theatre scripts Featuring 16 original scripts that have been adapted from classic works of English literature, this book is perfect for use with young adults and ESL students. The scripts are easy to read and bring out the spirit and essence of each literary work. Each script comes with an introduction, background information, presentation suggestions, prop recommendations, and an overview of the characters. Your students will thoroughly enjoy themselves as they learn about the subject 0rea and improve their vocal and presentation skills. And you will be pleased to support your school's English literature or language arts curriculum in a lively, unconventional fashion


From short stories, such as “The Lady, or the Tiger?” to novels, such as Hard Times, classic literature has been an important part of the English curriculum. Combining the study of classic literature with readers theatre, a dramatic oral interpretation of a story, provides teachers and librarians with the ideal opportunity to enhance the English or language arts program in a lively fashion. Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults includes a collection of scripts from a variety of authors who have been admired for their enduring role in English literature. Teachers and librarians undoubtedly will find that this collection includes several old favorites—along with a few surprises.

Using Readers Theatre

Readers theatre can be compared to radio plays. The emphasis is on an effective reading of the script rather than on a dramatic, memorized presentation. Students may paraphrase the scripts, and this should be encouraged. In some scripts, the narrators have long passages, and they should rehearse their lines carefully. Reading orally develops strong reading skills, and listening to scripts promotes active listening for students in the audience. The scripts also provide an opportunity for preparing a special program or for a diversion from the regular curriculum.

Preparing the Scripts

Teachers are always advised to preread a script to ensure that it is appropriate for the grade level and background knowledge of the students. Once scripts have been chosen, make enough copies for each character, plus an extra set or two for your use and a replacement copy. To help readers keep their place, have students use highlighter markers to designate their character’s role within the copy. For example, someone reading the role of Narrator 1 could highlight the lines in blue, with another character highlighting the lines in yellow.

Photocopied scripts will last longer if you use a three-hole punch (or copy them on prepunched paper) and place them in inexpensive folders. The folders can be color-coordinated to the internal highlighting for each character’s part. The title of the play can be printed on the outside of the folder, and scripts can be stored easily for the next reading. The preparation of the scripts is a good project for a student aide or volunteer parent. The preparation takes a minimum of initial attention and needs to be repeated only when a folder is lost.

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