Graduate Project Title
Creating Motivation and Oral Reading Fluency Through Readers' Theatre
Date of Degree Completion
Master of Education (MEd)
Carol L. Butterfield
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Steven A. Schmitz
Readers' Theatre is a wonderful teaching tool in which students practice and rehearse scripts in order to put on plays in front of an audience. The focus is on word accuracy and expression in reading without having to memorize lines. Studies have shown that Readers' Theatre can strengthen oral reading fluency by repeated readings, and increase confidence and motivation to read as students learn to read their parts with fluency and precision. Unfortunately, due to lack of availability and training, Readers' Theatre is not used in the classroom to the extent it should be, and many educators are uncomfortable with the concept of Readers' Theatre. This project researched studies and information on reading fluency, repeated readings, motivation to read, and Readers' Theatre. A teacher resource manual on Readers' Theatre was created that included directions, scripts, tips, and additional resources for performing Readers' Theatre plays in the classroom to increase oral reading fluency and motivation to read.
Leaverton, Kelly, "Creating Motivation and Oral Reading Fluency Through Readers' Theatre" (2003). All Graduate Projects. 818.
Curriculum and Instruction Commons, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Commons, Educational Methods Commons, Language and Literacy Education Commons