Story Shares - A Free On-Line Library, Especially of Interest to Older Kids and Adults Learning English!
Are you interested in reading interesting stories and short books, written by students, teachers and many others? There are a lot you can choose from!
Do you dream of writing - your story, or fiction, or mysteries, or.....whatever, so others can read it? Here is an opportunity!
'Story Shares is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving literacy skills.
We help generate and then distribute new stories aimed at older students who read below grade level, specifically ensuring that the content is interesting at their age, and readable at their level.
To do so, we are building the Story Shares Hub to bring together authors, readers, and educators.
For authors, the Hub provides a digital book builder to guide the creation of just-right content, and access to a large group of potential readers.
For readers and educators, the Hub provides a library of newly created just-right content, distributed on a platform with built-in reading assists to make it even more approachable.'
Our Key Principles
Part 1: Reader Engagement
Readers bring unique needs, interests, lenses, and abilities. We can meet readers where they are with both content and technology
A reader's engagement is a crucial factor in their ability to improve their reading abilities
Reader choice is a key factor of engagement
Content that is culturally relevant, age-appropriate, and relatable is key for engagement
Opportunities for social interaction deepen engagement
Opportunities for personalization/customization deepen engagement
Aesthetics are a key component of engagement and appeal
Part 2: Content Creation
There are tons of writers out there, many who seek outlets and exposure for their work
There are tons of readers and educators out there who constantly seek more content that is higher interest but also more readable
In spite of the huge population of struggling readers 10 and up, most writers are largely unaware of this population and their reading needs
With incentives, simple guidance and digital tools, writers will create high-quality content aligned with the needs of the audience
We can position the Story Shares Hub in between these two populations, and provide a platform to connect them, which will streamline the process and enable writers to create content for the readers and teachers who seek it (a pipeline for ongoing content creation and consumption)
Part 3: Technology
Technology facilitates interaction between these groups (writers on the one side, and readers plus their supporters on the other side)
Technology enables the creation of content that is fluid, adaptable, interactive, social, and accessible
Text can be enriched, and engagement deepened, with the incorporation of multimedia and Universal Design for Learning
Information from Story shares' website