Bestselling author Solomon Jones will facilitate student/parent workshops that teach the elements of story. A curriculum based on Jones’s novel, The Last Confession, will reinforce these lessons while also examining the impact of life choices such as violence vs. forgiveness. Participants will improve their critical thinking skills and create their own stories, the best of which will be published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, the participating school whose reading scores improve most will be mentioned in Jones’s next novel. In short, our plan includes four phases:
Presenting students with role models whose achievements are due to literacy; encouraging parental involvement to improve educational outcomes; implementing experiential learning to make literacy relevant, and; incentivizing success by rewarding creativity and improved reading scores.