The language of the Odyssey is sometimes difficult for teenage readers to understand, and when students struggle with comprehension, they miss out on the poem’s deeper meanings. That's why we suggest using Reader's Theater script-stories in conjunction with the original poem. Here's how!
Reader’s theater script-stories have the unique ability to defeat disengagement with high-school students. Maybe you are high-school teacher looking for a new way to connect with your students. Maybe you are looking for a way to make your content fresh. I encourage you to give script-stories a try. You may find that students who seem “too cool for school” are anything but.
James Holzhauer, the reigning champion of Jeopardy!, cited some of my textbooks as one place where he gathered some knowledge for his record-setting streak on the popular gameshow.
This post will focus more on how to use script-stories in your classroom!Implementing a new style of learning (even for a single lesson) may seem daunting at first; however, script-stories are not difficult to use. In fact, they streamline the oral reading that most teachers do already. Many teachers read aloud to their students, and many also call on their students to read aloud. Script-stories simply streamline that process by dividing the story into parts. This breaks up the work for the teacher while engaging the students on a deeper level.