A castle hidden
in an emerald green forest. A dark, rain-slicked alley where danger lurks around
every corner. The bottom of the ocean. A foreign country. Outer space.
Werewolves. Wizards. Movie stars. There is no limit to where you can go and who
you can meet with a little imagination and the ability to read. But there's more
to literacy than just entertainment. Literacy skills allow you to better
understand the world, communicate with those around you, and improve your
well-being. It's been shown that children who develop a love for books and
reading have a better chance at success in school, and in life.
The journey you're about to see started as an educational process: teachers and
staff were asked to come up with an inquiry question (a model that would help
them monitor and guide student success). At Queen's Park Elementary School in
Penticton, the staff is passionate about literacy, so it became their theme.
With their question formed, the staff moved full steam ahead to develop a
multitude of creative reading programs. From reading trains, complete with
conductors and whistles, to reading picnics, to one-on-one reading with local
seniors, the staff at Queen's Park has used its imagination and teaching
knowledge to create effective reading programs. And as you'll see in this film,
those programs are doing more than just showing great results, they are
captivating the imaginations of each and every student and building an army of
Produced and directed by: Jan Vozenilek
Written by: April Lawrence