13 Ways to Save Paper and Ink with Scripts from Readers Theater All Year

publication date: Aug 3, 2011
author/source: Carol Montgomery
13 Ways to Save Paper and Ink with Scripts
from Readers Theater All Year

By Carol Montgomery ©2011

Woo-hoo!  You're collecting Readers Theater scripts to use with your students to build leaders and creators.  You're committed to giving your students opportunities to speak in front of a group to build their confidence.  You know fear of speaking in front of a group is one of the top three fears in surveys--often first or second.  You recognize the value of Readers Theater, but how can you reduce the amount of paper and ink it takes?  Whether you have environmental concerns or are just trying to save a little money, here are "13+ Ways to Save Paper and Ink with Scripts from Readers Theater All Year":

1.  DO NOT PRINT the cover page and the curriculum links.  That will save at least two pieces of paper per script--more on the scripts with extensive curriculum links.

2.  Recycle.  Use the blank side of pre-used paper  (e.g., tests... business papers...).  Have lots of people save one-sided paper for you (e.g., office, neighbors...).

3.  Use an overhead projector & print on transparencies or project on a wall from your computer.

4.  Print double-sided.  (This may be a bit tricky, but not impossible!)

5.  Fast print on a draft setting--saves ink

6.  Share scripts between two readers.

7.  Use your "printer dialogue" for the layout and print:
        2 pages up in landscape mode or
        4 pages up in portrait mode

(Print will be smaller, but you could make "mini-script books"--especially for older students.)

8.  Watch the sales and coupons.  I bought two packages of computer paper at Staples a few months ago (2011) at 50 cents each with a coupon. (Limit of 2.)

9.  Create an informal "drama club" and have a script library that moms/teachers can borrow scripts--enough for every character in the play. I used to put the scripts in cheap black folders with paper fasteners.  Then I kept them from year to year.  Once they're printed they're like a book--reusable.  I used the same scripts for practice fun with many different groups for years.

10.  Start a script-trading co-op with local teachers (or parents).

11.  Retype the scripts single-spaced throughout.  I can't do that because we have such a wide range of  abilities and ages.  IF enough members want it, I might hire someone to provide a choice of scripts--some created to save paper.  I may be able to do that with smaller font, too. But, when you're standing and reading a script you don't want the type too small...

12.  Read from the computer IF you're just using it for your nuclear family without an audience.  This works for Dad participating, too.  (I learned this from another  homeschool mom.)  IF you want Grandma to read with the kids, just send her the PDF & they can all read together from the computer using the phone.

13.  Consider the cost an investment in your student's futures.  I see this as an affordable "curriculum service", not just useless activities.  That's why I provide several curriculum links at the end of the scripts.

BONUS:  Consider buying a Kodak printer because they supposedly save a lot of ink.  Do the research first.  We've been happy so far.

Finally, be creative.  You may have other ideas.  Remember, we're building leaders and creators.  Isn't it worth it all?  Let's change the world together!

Readers Theater All Year™ LLC builds leaders and creators for positive influence through an inexpensive, easy, flexible system.  Readers Theater All Year™ LLC curriculum services provides a caring community for using and creating Readers Theater scripts for families, classrooms, homeschools, camps, and drama clubs.

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