Wynnum Active Reading Program has been developing and evolving over the last few years. With Year 7 now part of high school, WARP has taken a new direction to include hundreds of new books, book clubs, book presentations and the inaugural WARPCON (Wynnum Active Reading Program
WARPCON was held on the last day of term 2 and was a celebration of reading at Wynnum High. Year 7 and 8 students dressed up as their favourite book characters. They prepared displays, posters and some even made cupcakes that represented books they love. These displays were judged by peers and staff with the winners being invited to an exclusive screening of Fantastic Mr Fox.
Year 9 book lovers, along with teachers with a passion for reading, entertained Year 7 and 8 students with a panel discussion. They discussed their favourite books, reading habits and preference of paper copies of books over electronic books.
A debate was held at morning tea. The topic: Divergent and The Hunger Games are essentially the same story, was hotly debated with both sides preparing convincing arguments. In the end debating was the winner!
To close the conference, a friendly game of Quiddich was played on the oval complete with brooms (pool noodles) and a golden snitch (teacher in a day-glo vest).
Plans for WARPCON II are currently underway. Students have selected their first WARP books for Term 3 and are reading their chosen books with enthusiasm in class. Students should also be reading their WARP books at home as part of their English homework.
Wide readers make better learners!
Achievement in reading literacy is not only a foundation for achievement in other subject areas within the educational system, but also a prerequisite for successful participation in most areas of adult life (Cunningham & Stanovich, 1998; Smith, Mikulecky, Kibby, & Dreher, 2000).