Have you considered doing Readers Theater in your classroom or assembly performance? It’s a fun and instructional way to get inside of a book, involving students firsthand in dialogue, action, and plot. Here’s an article about readers theater I wrote for School Library Journal a few years ago: “Have You Heard the Word? For a low-budget way to get kids wild about reading, try readers theater.“
As I wrote in the article, my “experiences led me to create Authors Readers Theatre (ART) in 2006 with fellow writers Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, and Sarah Weeks. Functioning as a kind of repertory theater group with an evolving core of author-performers, we have been performing readers theater all over the country…”
Authors Readers Theater is still going strong. For information about the troupe, please visit Sarah Weeks’ website.
There are two free readers theater scripts on my website: one is for Ereth’s Birthday and the other is for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. They may be just the spark you need to involve more students in the joys of reading. I encourage you to give readers theater a try, if you haven’t already.