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Review: 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers

publication date: Jul 28, 2010
author/source: Carol Montgomery

Review:  25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers

Are you interested in Readers Theater scripts for kindergarten or first grade students?  Are you interested in easy Readers Theater scripts for beginning readers?  Would you like Readers Theater scripts for foreign students learning English--ESL? 

If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions then 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers by Carol Pugliano-Martin is for you!  This 56-page book includes easy scripts that will delight both students and teachers.

The first thing you notice with the book is the colorful cover.  But, when young students see the scripts they will enjoy the large print and cute illustrations.  Almost everything looks happy in the book--even the popcorn!  The publisher, Scholastic, has a great reputation of publishing excellent teaching materials and 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers is no exception.

Cross-curricular Extension Activities

Carol Pugliano-Martin includes teaching tips in her introduction to encourage Readers Theater success.  Yet, she goes a step further and lists specific related activities that can be done with each script in the "Curriculum Connections" section.  For any teacher doing a unit study, this author has simplified your life!

The Readers Theater scripts and activities are divided into four sections:  "Celebrate the Seasons," "Exploring Nature." "All About Animals," and "Plays for Anytime."  It's amazing how she can write a script from simple pleasures kids enjoy. From snowflakes and shadows to fish school and a loose tooth, Carol Pugliano-Martin explores memory-making experiences.


Some readers may be challenged by a few of the vocabulary words (e.g., guinea pig, Tyrannosaurus Rex, community).  But, students can learn sight words or teachers can just choose those scripts later.  Another option is to give the more difficult parts to an advanced reader.  Since the scripts are short--some only a page--the vocabulary shouldn't be a big problem.

The only script that may raise some eyebrows may be "The Magic Place" because it's a place that can take you anywhere and show you anything.  Does that concern you?  It really shouldn't because it's the last script in the book and is really about a place you probably love--the library!  I wish I had this Readers Theater book when our kids were young!  Now I'm inspired to write more Readers Theater scripts for emergent readers!

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.

Praise from Teachers

...Keep doing what you are doing.  There are not enough quality scripts available for children and teens.  So many are inappropriate from a parent's 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

> our script "The Earth Day Hen and Friends" I've used this! The kids love it. Thank you for sharing...It's just right for all levels in the class...Your free scripts are wonderful!...They learn so much from drama and reader's theatre...I see the shy ones gain confidence as they read. Fluency and prosody increases with reader's theatre...
Angela D., 3rd grade teacher

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