“Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives.” — Richard Vaca, author of Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum
Stop and let this sink in. If nothing else, this statement should ring the alarm for how absolutely critical it is for us to equip our young learners with these basic skills. Additionally, it means that literacy learning cannot be confined to one teacher for a limited time during the day, but must be infused across all subject areas, as well as, practiced at home. Essentially, we are all responsible for ensuring our students can read and write.
Here is another statistic: ¾ of Americans think schools should put more emphasis on teaching students to write well. – National Writing Project, 2011-2012 Report
These statistics help to support the fact that reading and writing are considered cornerstones in creating effective communicators, learners, and ultimately leaders. However, educator insights into the world of language arts reveal that reading and writing are also two of the most challenging areas to keep students engaged in. So how do we engage and entice children to want to learn to read and write? We need to make literacy an exciting experience for students of all abilities and backgrounds.
LEGO Education has a proven track record in the field of STEM education but is actually transforming all areas of learning. With LEGO Education StoryStarter, elementary students utilize hands-on materials to bring language arts learning to life. StoryStarter aligns with common core standards, ensuring teachers are creating a vibrant learning experience while meeting key learning objectives.
LEGO Education StoryStarter teaches students the basic mechanics of a well-composed story, making it a great tool for analyzing existing stories, writing new stories or discussing specific, current topics.
Students learn how to communicate their stories and are engaged in writing, gaining essential skills that will support their entire academic career and beyond.
With StoryStarter students find the excitement and motivation to tell their stories and become strong communicators. This type of engagement will better equip them to become the leaders and creative problem solvers of tomorrow.