It can often be a challenge to engage middle school students in reading activities in school, but reader’s theater has the characteristics to overcome this issue. Researchers quoted one middle school student: “Reading is OK. I don’t usually read a lot because I like to skateboard, listen to music, and talk to people. I like social things and reading is not very social.” Surveys confirm that middle school students feel the purpose of school reading is to answer questions and to accomplish other tasks. On the other hand, their out-of-school reading is linked to personal and socially oriented activities. Reader’s theater allows students to laugh and interact with their peers, and can show students how reading can be social and fun, even in an educational setting! Reader’s theater and other enjoyable read-aloud experiences help students develop a love of reading that lasts throughout their lives.
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