Last year, I was in search of materials that embraced the upper elementary student's need for social interaction and yet, kept the focus on comprehension, addressed their lagging skills with fluency and vocabulary and tied in content area information. I used reader's theater scripts in our guided reading block as well as tradebooks and close reading, but for the kids not working with me, I wanted something different. When I couldn't find exactly what my kids needed, I decided to make it, and so that was the birth of my "Partner Scripts".
Read with PartnerThese scripts mesh well with the Daily Five philosophy for the Read with Partner stage which makes classroom management a nonissue. If kids are engaged with fun, deep thinking materials, then they have no time to cause challenges, right?? I have also used them in guided reading some too. The kids are having a great time working on reading and do not notice that I am listening, so I can quickly make note of decoding issues as the kids are reading.
When I first started making the scripts, I targeted fourth and fifth grade. My goal was to provide my students with a review of science and social studies curriculum AND address my reading skills. The kids really benefited from this and enjoyed them, so I added in fictional stories and branched out to a high/low version for younger readers too.
Here is an example of a script I have created for the upper grades. I live in Virginia, and Virginia Studies is tested in fourth grade. This script is about a family road trip to visit tourism sites in the state. The mother and child have dialogue along their journey about important historic people and places. This one could lead to writing and research opportunities.