We have been focussing on using expression when reading as part of our CAFE reading program.
Using expression can mean changing:
- rhythm – saying some parts slow and some parts fast.
- pitch – making your voice go up and down. When you are asking a question, your voice goes up.
- tone – changing the sound of your voice for different characters or different parts of the story.
- volume – saying some words louder or softer makes them stand out.
Last week we looked at some readers’ theatre performances on Mr Salsich’s class blog. You can find them here. We also read a range of readers’ theatre scripts to practise using expression.
Readers’ theatre is like a play but you don’t have to memorise your lines, you just read them. Instead of using costumes, sets and props to act out your performance, you just use an expressive voice.
The 4KM and 4KJ students liked the way Mr Salsich’s class had performed their scripts so much, they wanted to create their own.
Below is our performance of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka.
Below is a copy of the script if you want to perform it yourself with your friends or classmates.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
If you do decide to perform the script, we’d love you to leave a comment and tell us about it!
What did you think of our performance?
Did you notice the students using expression?
What do you think about readers’ theatre?