‘My Name is…’
Readers Theatre is used to deepen response to character and to develop reading fluency.
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from A Story Like the Wind series
Required reading: Pages 14-21
- Inference opportunities: Character Inference
- Language features: Dialogue: direct speech
- Readers Theatre
The intention in this lesson is to reinforce how the characters, despite their present circumstances, are ordinary people who have left behind normal, happy lives. The session works at an affective level, using several drama strategies designed to deepen the pupils’ understanding of character and to develop empathy.
Readers Theatre is used to allow children to inhabit the characters. Voicing their words helps with identification, at the same time aiding reading fluency.
The work in this section could extend over several lessons.
- Download and print copies of Readers Theatre script
- Plain paper, pencils and coloured pencils for drawing
- Space will be needed for drama, either cleared space in the classroom or a hall.
Briefly review the section of the story where Rami meets his fellow travellers.
If Readers Theatre is new to the children, explain how it works. Generic guidance on using Readers Theatre is outlined in the strategies section of this website.
A Story Like the Wind Readers Theatre script has been conveniently arranged in 4 parts. You can allocate different parts to groups of differing levels of attainment. For example, Bashar’s dialogue in part 3 is the shortest. In contrast, the role of the narrator should be allocated to a confident reader to maintain the rhythm and pacing of the story. If a group is working with adult support, then the adult could take on the role of the narrator. Higher attaining groups could be work on the entire script rather than a shorter section.
After rehearsing the script organise the class for a full read through.
- Did you enjoy listening to the Readers Theatre?
- Was there anything that you found hard?
- Did you think or feel anything new about the characters after reading their parts?
Teacher’s note: This lesson could be followed by a small group improvisation lesson To Go or Stay? which explores the reasons that people might have for leaving their homes to seek safety, despite the dangers involved in making that journey.