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Literacy to Life


The Paramount Academy for the Arts’ Literacy to Life program is in the business of bringing stories to life. Aptly-named group, The Paramount Story Wranglers, supports students of all ages and backgrounds create inventive and hilarious stories with stimulating experiences in the arts. In this series presented with promotional support from the Austin American-Statesman, we give you an in-depth and interactive look at the products of young, arts-enriched minds. Check back each week for a new, featured story also published in the Sunday edition newspaper.

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Week 9: Annie Oakley Gets a Boyfriend

By: Four 3rd graders at St. Elmo Elementary

Once upon a time, Annie Oakley lived in Oklahoma. She wanted a boyfriend because she didn’t want to be lonely. But she kept doing things that boys did-like shooting guns, eating tacos and playing soccer. Then, she dressed up like a fancy girl in a pink dress and white bow and went to a quincenera where she found a boyfriend named Victor. And ever since that day, they got married and have five kids. But she was still better than him at shooting guns and eating tacos and playing soccer. The End.

“The Story Wranglers taught me to go for my dreams” – Zoriah, St. Elmo Elementary

Week 1: Stinky Fish Man Marries Catwoman

By: Four 3rd graders at Allison Elementary

Once upon a time there was a stinky fish man who liked to pick roses and hang out on a fisherman’s dock that smelled like tuna! He was really kind and grabbed flowers to save for catwoman. He wanted to marry catwoman because he loved cats and how fluffy they were, even though they attacked him. But he was afraid catwoman would gobble him up because he was part fish and he was the biggest fish! Then he dressed up as Justin Bieber in a disguise so catwoman wouldn’t eat him and they could get married. And ever since that day he was known as Justin Bieber, he married catwoman, gave her the roses, and they lived happily ever after.

“You are the best people to write stories and share our ideas with because you can make them better by putting details and acting them out” – Lizeth, Reilly Elementary

Week 2: Benjamin Franklin and the Lost Gold

By: Four 3rd graders at Hart Elementary

Once upon a time, Benjamin Franklin was on the Titanic to explore Africa. He wanted silver and gold because he wanted to be rich and popular. But the lightning has it all because everything it touches turns to gold and the lightning won’t share. Then he flies a kite with a key on it and when the lightning strikes it, all the rain turns to gold. And ever since that day, he was rich with 1000 gold coins and he bought a mansion. The End.

“This is why we have community arts providers in our schools.”
– Principal of participating school

Week 3: The Taco Pony Builds

By: Six 3rd graders at Hart Elementary

Once upon a time there was Taco Pony who was shaped like a taco and also sold tacos in Vegas. She had Billions from selling tacos, so she wanted to buy new toys and a new castle from the secret toy room behind the Bellagio Fountain. But, when she went to the secret room it had disappeared. The room had exploded. Then, she tried so hard to find the pieces and build it back together again, but she failed. Then a magic man who can fix everything built it back together for her. Ever since that day she had a toy and a taco castle and she was excited. The End.

“I can’t thank you enough for the experience you gave me and my students!”
– Ms. Hallbaur, Hart Elementary

Week 4: How A Lizard Got Its Tail

By: Six 3rd graders at Norman Elementary

Once upon a time, Lizzo the lizard was speed walking on Lizard Lane. He wanted a tail because he looked it up online and thought it looked beautiful and would make him look like his favorite animal- a cheetah. But he has to change his color to blue like sky and water because only blue things can grow tails. Then he touched the computer screen and turned that color because he has the ability to change color when he touches things. And ever since that day, he was blue and grew a tail. The End.

“Thank you for making stories with me. I learned a lot of new ideas from you.”
– Alan, Reilly Elementary

Week 5: Lil’ Fluffy Unicorn Meets Mr. Grump

By: Seven 3rd graders at Hart Elementary

Once upon a time, Lil’ Fluffy Unicorn lived in Center Park Spectacular. She wanted a best friend to play hopscotch with because she was bored. But, she was always singing, “Lil’ Fluffy Unicorn, Dancing on the Rainbow” and everybody called her annoying because it bothered them. Then she felt worried and sad. She went to a haunted house to feel happy and she met Mr. Gump, who was there too because he was sad. He also liked to sing. Ever since that day they played hop scotch together and sang together. The End.

“The Story Wranglers taught me to go for my dreams” – Zoriah, St. Elmo Elementary

Week 6: Older Magical Fairy Sisters
Are Horrible

By: Five 3rd graders at Highland Park Elementary

Once upon a time, there lived a magical Man Fairy and his home was an underground bunion store that had a secret passage to the Candy Dump where he hung out a lot. He wanted the plastic super crown and plastic super wand from the magical children who lived in the dump, which would give him the power to rule the fairies and prove to the girl fairies that boys could be fairies. But his boss (and his older sister) the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t let him because she wanted to prove only girls could be fairies and if she did let him their mom would ground her. Then Man Fairy are all the candy in the dampened got sick because his older sister never let him eat with her. The candy was magical and the crown and wand were hidden in a candy bar called “Magical Candy”. Ever since that day he played with all the magical children because he freed all the children who were drowning in candy. The End.

Week 7: Supermodel Boat

By: Five 3rd graders at Reilly Elementary

Once upon a time, Mr Boat lived in Witchaboo Lago-the most gigantic lake in the world. He wanted to be beautiful because he was hairy and stinky and hideous because he was cursed for polluting the water. But every time he shaved, his hair grew back with even more. Then a beautiful boat sails up and gives him beauty tips.

  1. Get a massage
  2. Shave yourself with a shaving machine
  3. Wash yourself
  4. Go to the spa
  5. Apply shaving cream to your hairy spots

And ever since that day, Mr. Boat was gorgeous and because a supermodel. The End

Week 8: Pirate Georgie’s Adventure

By: Two 3rd graders at Pecan Springs Elementary

Once upon a time, there was a pirate parrot named Georgie. He was practicing for the annual gold finding contest on Pirate Island. Georgie wanted to find the gold and win the contest because he wanted the prize of 200 crackers. He asked his 3 friends, Lego Pirate, Pirate Patty and Patcheye to help. But the island they were on was too tiny, so they couldn’t find the treasure. They thought it was on a bigger island. They they went to a bigger island on their ship. They dug super deep and found the BIG treasure, a chest full of gold. Ever since that day, they shared the gold and snacked on crackers like every single day. The End.

About the Program:


Literacy to Life is a school-based literacy program for third graders that uses the theatre to transform students’ understanding and approach to writing. Our professional teaching artists, the Paramount Story Wranglers, use creative writing, improvisation, and role-playing activities to improve students’ writing skills, all while developing their confidence, creativity, and storytelling abilities.  For seven weeks, students write individual and group stories using the Literacy to Life curriculum. Then, the Paramount Story Wranglers collect student stories, adapting them into a full-length sketch production that they perform for the entire school.

Let’s make this happen for more students. Support Youth Outreach today.



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