Using Drama in Reading Comprehension

Fluency, Comprehension, and Reader's Theatre



EALR Connections:

Reading: The student understands and uses different skills and strategies to read.

Communication:  The student uses communication strategies and skills to work effectively with others.

The Arts: The student applies a performance process in the arts:


Using the format of a radio play, students will read with fluency and expression.  


Classroom set of reading selection.  This works best with a selection that has a lot of dialogue.  Classroom props such as musical instruments

Optional:  Certain books on tape are recorded in the manner of a radio play such as Phillip Pullman’s Golden Compass, where different actors assume the different parts.  This is a good model for students to follow.


  Break the class into small reading groups.  Assign each group a portion of the reading selection, and then have the group divide the selection up into parts with one student serving as narrator. 

  Students read the selection together, each assuming his or her part.

  Students create a radio play of their assigned piece.  They must supply sound effects and read with the expression intended by the author and the punctuation supplied in the text.

  This can be a jig saw activity with each group assuming a different part of the story, tying the assigned piece together.


This is very effective for fluency and for comprehension.  Parts must be read as written so students must be able to follow the cues of punctuation and interpret the “character” of the character.



























Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  drama will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.