In Reader’s Theater, children do a dramatic reading of a script that is adapted from a book. They do not need to memorize their lines, nor do they need props, stage sets, or costumes. They are encouraged to get into the spirit of the character, however, hamming it up with gestures and inflection that fit the scene!
Librarian and educator Judy Freeman has written a short Reader’s Theater scene as a hands-on follow-up to the first chapter of Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. This is particularly useful when teachers and librarians are booktalking / reading aloud and want a fast, effective, fun follow-up that introduces the characters.
First, read aloud chapter one of Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat.
Then click here to find the Reader’s Theater scene, assign two children to read the parts of Emmy and the Rat, and enjoy the performance!