Ms. Faber’s St. Leo the Great Title I 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders took part in a Readers’ Theater activity. Then they wrote about the skills needed to “read like a storyteller.” Following are the students’ directions for How to Read Like a Storyteller.

Directions for How to Read Like a Storyteller


Read with Expression

You need to read with expression (like a funny voice). You also need to read fluently and not like a robot. If you are different characters, you should talk in a funny or nerdy voice like Dr. Science or Igor in our Readers’ Theater script.


pay attention - How to read like a storyteller

You have to pay attention to what someone is reading because your part might be next. You will also need to have expression, or the audience will be bored. Read smoothly through each sentence.


Read slowly, not fast

You need to read fluently so everyone can understand. Also, you need to read slowly, not fast, so people will know what you’re saying. One more thing is read with expression so it’s more interesting.


change your voice

When you read Readers’ Theater, remember to change your voice and pretend you are that character. Also, remember to use expression to make your reading more exciting! And another thing is to read fluently so you don’t read like a robot.


BE that charracter

To be a good storyteller you need to put your emotions into the character. The next thing you need to do is that you need to be that character and put yourself in that character’s place. Last thing you need to do is read fluently, and don’t read like a robot.


Be focused

You have to be focused because if you’re not, you could forget where you are. Next, you have to have great expression because the audience won’t be interested. Last, get into the character because they won’t picture you being that character in the performance.


read fluently

You need to read fluently. You need to read with expression. Read with an accent for each character.