Tenth-Grade Reader’s Theater


Olivia Vaccari presenting her project |by Victoria Mier

Isabel Thies and Victoria Mier





Founded over twenty years ago, HHS’s Reader’s Theater is a project in which Honors US-World History II students exclusively use quotes from people living during WWII to create a script detailing an aspect of the era. The script is then performed live.

It is high stakes as it is performed in front of a live audience. This learning experience is authentic and rigorous. Students always feel great accomplishment when they are done,” tenth-grade history teacher Leah Vivirito explained.

The performance has been maintained not only for its use in exploring history, but for its ability to let students develop skills such as writing, speaking, collaboration, and critical and creative thinking.

Despite the heavy workload, this year’s student performances were considered successful overall.

“Student performances were strong and it was evident how much work went into the final products,” Vivirito said. “They should all be quite proud of themselves!”