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Reader’s Theater is not designed for beginning reading.
Reader’s Theater has limited evidence of effectiveness for upper elementary reading. The one qualifying study included in this review showed an effect size of +0.27.
Reader’s Theater is not designed for middle/high school reading.
Reader’s Theater is a cooperative learning method designed to enhance students’ reading by having them read the scripts of plays.
For more on the review of Reader’s Theater, read the BEE review of upper elementary reading.
For more information on Reader’s Theater, visit www.teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/readerstheater.htm.
For other reviews of research on education programs, see the Best Evidence Encyclopedia homepage at www.bestevidence.org.