Readers Theater Made Easy
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answers, ideas, techniques, tips, & tools for success
10 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are "search-free" custom scripts with curriculum links?
Search-free custom scripts are scripts you don't have to really search for--you know where you'll find them. Thus, they save you time.
Custom means made special for you, but shared with our community. So, search-free custom scripts are on topics our community of caring parents and teachers have suggested.
Each script, even a custom script, has several annotated curriculum links included for easy lesson planning. The curriculum links give you the greatest flexibility with the least amount of your time researching. We save you time hunting scripts and planning lessons.
2. What are the benefits of membership in Readers Theater All Year?
Right now we have one subscription plan--The all-you-can-eat Script Buffet Club. Here are a few of the current benefits of the Script Buffet Club--for your 24/7 convenience:
• Fresh baked Readers Theater scripts topped with annotated curriculum links each month
• Fresh-picked monthly Q/A (or other) training tele-seminar or replay
• Polished tools and checklists for Readers Theater and more
• Specialized articles on reading, Readers Theater, writing, and the Common Core
• A caring community of parents and teachers
• Power of influencing topics for future Readers Theater scripts via surveys, emails, and phone calls.
2. Do you accept credit cards?
Unfortunately, our only current method of payment is PayPal, but it's EASY to set up a PayPal account and if you already have one, you're all set! Your first seven days are free, so PayPal won't charge your credit card for a week. At $4.23 a month for the Script Buffet Plan, it's almost a free gift! And, the annual rate is about 25% less. Plus, now there's a school discount (for 4+ teachers). Unlike many credit card processors, PayPal accepts several currencies from around the globe.
3. Why isn't everything free?
In order to provide the high quality Readers Theater curriculum services and website for parents and teachers we have to pay for special services. We choose not to fill this site with lots of distracting ads.
You are paying for over 30 years of educational experience--both in the classroom and homeschooling. Our founder, Carol Montgomery, has a masters degree in education with an emphasis in reading. Her master's project was in Readers Theater. She's taught drama to classroom students as well as homeschoolers. Her mom thought Carol should be a ventriloquist because of her gift with puppets. Carol has been writing and producing scripts quietly for years. We're told we should charge much more.
4. How do I get started with Readers Theater All Year?
In the top bar of the home page you'll find our "Fast Start" to Readers Theater All Year™. That will take you through the simple steps.
5. How will I know what's new?
Keep checking back and the home page will list our most recent additions at the bottom. Also, we'll try to keep you posted through our monthly newsletter and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/readerstheaterallyear).
If you're not hearing from us, make sure you "white-list" our email address. We have had some teachers not receiving our mailings because the school district email program thinks we're spam! To be safe, put your personal email in the colorful balloon box. We'll protect it!
6. Where else can I find scripts?
Check online, library books, and used books stores. Or write your own! :)
7. How do I make suggestions for future script topics?
Members may email Carol at more@ReadersTheaterAllYear.com. We'll have periodic surveys for our Script Buffet Club members that will take Readers Theater/puppet script suggestions.
8. How do I write my own scripts?
Good question! You can find information online and in some books. But, if you can wait awhile, we're working on a writing curriculum for Readers Theater that will be more comprehensive than anything you'll find. Stay tuned...it may not be out until 2013 since Carol wants to concentrate on her goal of 200 trustworthy scripts by Dec. 31, 2012.
9. How do I start a Readers Theater, drama, or puppet club?
Well, you don't have to be a drama expert. You could have a small club just within your family or combine with a few other families. Or you could start an after school club. You could have a Friday Fun Club that meets the last half hour of Friday's school day.
We don't have the space here to answer that question in detail, but Carol did do a teleseminar on "Fun Drama Clubs Anyone Can Run." The main questions for you to answer are:
• Who is the club for?
• Who will we perform for?
• How often will we meet and perform?
For the more adventuresome, you may combine Readers Theater into a regular drama club and incorporate improv, pantomime, or even a memorized staged play.
10. What opportunities will there be for members to get published?
Oh my! We must have a few surprises, right? Use your imagination, make some suggestions, and we'll get there. Right now we're reviewing some unusual options to help you. Let's grow together!
*** Bonus = New Questions Section: ??? Your Questions K-12 Email questions from teachers answered by our founder, Carol Montgomery.
Praise from Teachers
Wow! I have to tell you that your script, Twas not the night before Christmas (????) is soooo funny. The kids love it! Thank you. They laughed so hard....
Pat R. Elementary Teacher
...Keep doing what you are doing. There are not enough quality scripts available for children and teens. So many are inappropriate from a parents perspective. As a teacher I want to also build character and integrity while I teach a subject. Why can't drama build up, inspire and be thought provoking...Anyway, keep doing what you're doing...we need all the help we can get!
Jen H., Drama teacher
...I have been teaching for 35 years. RT has been part of my education journey for the majority of that time. Initially my experience with it was as a performance genre in the Drama Curriculum. Now I use it across the curriculum - a wonderful high motivation strategy in the language program - particularly reading - and so much more as you would know. I was drawn to your 'community' by the idea of leadership... I think what you're doing is wonderful..."
Graham B. Former primary teacher (now a Visual Art and Drama specialist)
Readers Theater All Year is the most comprehensive collection of Readers Theater scripts and resources I have found on the internet!...Thank you Carol for your leadership and vision and for making Readers Theater so accessible for teachers and parents.
Daniel Fiore, Elementary teacher/author What They Have Taught Me
I found the free readers theater online scripts, teaching tips, and curriculum teleseminars at Readers Theater All Year very inspirational to me. I used the Twelve Days of Christmas...Vacation script in my ESOL classes before Christmas break and my students all enjoyed it..
Lily T. Teacher (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
..We did Squanto's Squash for the family on Thanksgiving and [my sons] participated and loved it. I am so excited about making this a major part of homeschooling. What a great way to learn!
Bethany P. Homeschooling Mom