The Paramount Theatre

Literacy to Life

Literacy to Life
 

Literacy to Life

Imagine the feeling of seeing the story YOU wrote performed on stage in front of your whole school, and the sheer excitement of hearing the audience cheering you on…

Literacy to Life is a seven-week in-school residency in which third graders learn the foundations of creative writing through arts-integrated lessons designed to motivate students and improve their writing skills, confidence, creativity, and storytelling.

During the residency, each classroom writes hundreds of stories as a class, in small groups, and in individual journals. At the end of the seven weeks, professional actors known as the Paramount Story Wranglers transform students’ original stories from page to stage in a live performance for the entire campus!

 



Literacy to Life
 

Impact of the Program

 
98% of students report they are proud of their writing.
 
91% of teachers plan to use Literacy to Life strategies in their classrooms year-round.
 
89% of students exhibit improved knowledge of vocabulary and writing skills.
 
Literacy to Life students tested better than 59% of students who did not receive the curriculum in terms of creativity.
 
Title 1 Literacy to Life students closed the achievement gap on creativity and writing measures with respect to non-Title 1 students.
 

2018-2019 School Year By the Numbers


14 Schools

Served (16% of AISD Elementaries)
 

800 Students

Served
 

3,500+ Original Stories

Written
 

18 Shows

Performed
 


6,000 People

Enjoyed Story Wranglers Shows
 

400 Hours

Rehearsal
 

40 Artists

(Actors and Teachers) Employed
 

70 Original Songs

Written
 

Plus countless step-touches, shoulder shimmies, and cardboard props!


More Info

 
Interested in bringing the program to your campus? Or interested in becoming a Story Wrangler yourself? Contact Mitch Harris, Literacy to Life Program Director, at: mharris@austintheatre.org
CONTACT

Support the Program

 
Bring Literacy to Life to more third grade classrooms in Austin and Round Rock! Contact Natalie Seeboth, Associate Director of Education Giving, at: nseeboth@austintheatre.org
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Testimonials

 
The reviews are in, and both teachers and students agree that Literacy to Life and the Paramount Story Wranglers are a hit!
 

The Paramount Story Wranglers
 
“Every single lesson was a success. I’ve never had my class 100% engaged on anything. You guys are a joy to work with.” – Participating Teacher
 
“This was such a beneficial program. As a 15-year veteran teacher, I was amazed at the results. I thoroughly enjoyed having the Story Wranglers in my class. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard during a lesson. I am very impressed with how motivated my class became.” – Participating Teacher
 
“Our 4th grade writing benchmarks were up 23% from last year – way above district average! I have no doubt that this was in no small part due to the Story Wranglers! The compositions were lovely.” – Participating Principal
 
“After Story Wranglers, I think I could be the next Shakespeare.” – Participating Student
 
“Story Wranglers taught me to go for my dreams!” – Participating Student

 

Stories

The Presidential Love Story

by five 3rd graders at Bryker Woods Elementary

Once upon a time, Albert Einstein was in love with the Statue of Liberty and was super intelligent. He wanted to marry her because she had the hottest torch. But she was already in love with Richard Nixon because he was president so he had so much money. Then, Einstein shoved Nixon into the water when he was kissing her torch because he was jealous. And ever since that day, Albert Einstein married the Statue of Liberty and they had four kids whose faces became the four faces on Mount Rushmore. The End.


 

Mr. Drake’s Voyage for a Voice

by 3rd graders at Highland Park Elementary

Once upon a time there was an iguana named Mr. Drake that lived in a fluffy stinky sock house next to Alexander Hamilton’s mansion because he couldn’t sing and you need to sing well to buy a nice house. Singing is a form of currency. Mr. Drake wants to meet Alexander Hamilton AND Eliza Hamilton, because he wants to learn how to project his voice and move his vocal cords. He can only sing like, “EEhhhhhhhhhhaahaahahh.” But the door to Alexander Hamilton’s house is locked. Then he sprints into the woods and finds a raccoon who teaches him how to sing opera. He returns and sings in front of Alexander Hamilton’s front door and teaches Alexander and Eliza how to sing opera. And ever since that day he became the director of every play. Mr. Drake becomes famous for playing Shakespeare in the Hamilton musical. The End.


 

Booknado Rules the World

by 3rd graders at Pecan Springs Elementary

Once upon a time there was a football field in a library and Jordan and Odell were playing football when a book fell and started a booknado. It sucked them in, but Jordan gripped onto an empty shelf. Odell held on to Jordan’s hand, but slipped and fell into the booknado. Booknado wanted books to make a bigger booknado to be stronger. But booknado keeps accidentally shooting its books out and making tiny booknadoes. Then it grows sharp teeth with book pages and starts chomping books. And ever since that day, booknado got way too giant and started eating books all over the world. It felt like it could rule all the books in the world. And when it hits buildings, the buildings fall. The End.


 

Fondue the Dancing Banana

by 3rd graders at Pease Elementary

Once upon a time, Fondue the Dancing Banana was invited to the wedding of his best friends, Mrs. Cocopants the chocolate cheeto and Billy the Toasted Marshmallow. He wanted to wear a leotard and dance for them at the wedding because he couldn’t afford a gift. But he broke his leg breakdancing in a dance competition the day before. Then he performed his ballet dance with a broken leg on one foot. It was horribly ugly. People booed. And ever since that day, he decided to only do the floss because it was the safest dance. He was now known as Fondue the Flossing Banana. The End.


 

Mr. Miguel Goes to Chilli Cheese House

by four 3rd graders at Govalle Elementary

Once upon a time, Mr. Miguel was going to buy chips at the store called “Chilli Cheese House.” He needed chili and cheese for his chips, but he didn’t have any money. Then his friends Nachilla and CheeseMan gave him money because they wanted him to bring a snack for their Super Bowl Party. And ever since that day, he mixed the ingredients together and said, “It’s a dip AND a chip! Let’s call it nachos!” and he poured the dip on top of the chips. The friends celebrated with nachos at the Super Bowl Party. The End.