“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. Introducing 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.
Do you work with a homeschool student or tutoring client who would benefit from the StoryNinja program? It’s now available for individual students studying outside the classroom. Learn more here.
Your Story Ninja Program Includes:
STORY NINJA VIDEOS
Exclusive access to 21 instructional videos for students featuring Sigmund.
MY STORY NINJA FOLDERS
A class set (up to 25) of My Story Ninja Folders. Additional folders can be added during checkout.
STORY NINJA TEACHER FOLDER
A Teacher Folder with follow-along lesson plans, video cues and student assessment rubrics.
SPECIAL EDITION BOOKS
A special edition copy of an Orca Echoes book by Sigmund for each student to keep.
“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.”
Kelli Schindel, Lanigan School
“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.”
Teacher feedback following the Story Ninja pilot project, Horizon School District
“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.”
Angel Godart, Wakaw School
“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.”