ABOUT THE STORY NINJA PROGRAM
—NOW FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS TOO—
“What makes success in third grade so significant? It’s the year that students move from learning to read…to reading to learn.”*
Research shows that Grades 3 & 4 are the pivotal years for literacy.
An award-winning author of over 100 books, Sigmund Brouwer knows what it takes to capture the attention of young readers. Through years of classroom presentations across Canada and the US, including acting as the Writer-in-Residence for multiple school boards, Sigmund has developed a unique and motivational approach to literacy specifically tailored to grade 3 and grade 4 students. This led him to create Story Ninja: a supplemental writing, reading and assessment program that brings Sigmund’s enthusiasm into your classroom and gets your students thinking about stories in a whole new way.
*From Annie Murphy Paul’s 2012 article “Why Third Grade Is So Important: The ‘Matthew Effect”, Time online.
The Story Ninja program consists of 21 ready-to-use lesson plans and accompanying videos that cover story-building, writing and editing, inside a Story Ninja Kit.
Are you navigating home learning with your child and would like to access the Story Ninja program as a family? It’s now available for individual students studying outside the classroom, as well as entire classrooms learning by distance. View all Story Ninja Program options.
Your DISTANCE LEARNER Story Ninja Program Includes:
STORY NINJA VIDEOS
Exclusive access to 21 instructional videos for students featuring Sigmund.
MY STORY NINJA FOLDERS
A My Story Ninja Folder for every student. The Story Ninja Distance Kit includes a downloadable folder PDF for every student to print at home.
STORY NINJA TEACHER RESOURCES
Downloadable follow-along lesson plans, video cues and extra materials.
SPECIAL EDITION EBOOK
A copy of Justine McKeen and the Bird Nerd for each student to keep. The Story Ninja Distance Kit includes a downloadable ebook (PDF) for each student.
WHAT TEACHERS SAY
“Sigmund was a great motivation to my students! Non-readers became involved and excited about reading and writing. Collaborating with Sigmund this school year
brought excitement and enthusiasm to literacy, which resulted in enormous growth for my students.”
“It was a wonderful experience! The students were always eager to engage in any of the writing tasks Sigmund presented because he did it in such a fun way. The kids felt like they were telling silly stories, when really, there was some amazing learning happening.”
“I have great plans for the up and coming grade 3 class as we introduce the program to them. They are going to love being story ninjas! I can’t wait! I have so many ideas on how to make this program the core of my ELA program.”
“I have seen my students change from reluctant writers to engaged writers. They are using their imagination and developing the plots of their stories better. They now know that every story has an opening, a problem, the problem gets bigger, and then the problem is solved. Understanding that structure has helped my students write more interesting and focused stories.”