"The Secret:" A Special Story for Love of Reading Week
Welcome to 'The Secret!'
Scroll down to find the entire story and the story broken down into parts.
At the bottom of this page, you can read about how students from all 21 schools contributed by writing and illustrating the story.
'The Secret' (The entire story)
This story was written by students from all 21 schools.
Part Five of 'The Secret'
This section was written by students from Painted Sky Elementary, Prince Elementary and the Communications Department.
Want to read along? Click here for the text of "The Secret:" Part Five.
Part Four of 'The Secret'
This section was written by students from the Rillito Center, Holaway Elementary, Canyon del Oro High School, Nash Elementary and Wilson K-8.
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Part Three of 'The Secret'
This section was written by Keeling Elementary, Ironwood Ridge High, Harelson Elementary, Lulu Walker Elementary and Amphi Middle.
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Part Two of 'The Secret'
This section was written by students from Amphi High, La Cima Middle, Copper Creek Elementary, Coronado K-8 and Donaldson Elementary.
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Part One of 'The Secret'
This section was written by Superintendent Jaeger and students from Innovation Academy, Mesa Verde Elementary, Cross Middle and Rio Vista Elementary.
Want to read along? Click here for the text of "The Secret:" Part One.
The Story behind the Story:
"The Secret" is a story created by students from all 21 Amphitheater District Schools for Love of Reading Week.
The twist: The story was written in tag-team fashion, with each school writing a part without knowing the whole story.
Let us explain.
The project began in October, when Superintendent Todd Jaeger started the story off by introducing a main character named Maggie, who was keeping a very big secret. Here’s what happened after that:
• Students at Innovation Academy received the first part of the story and wrote the next part.
• Mesa Verde Elementary received the first two parts, and students submitted entries for the third part.
• The District selected a submission from Mesa Verde and sent parts 2 and 3 to Cross Middle School. Cross students only got to see the previous two parts and submitted their stories for Part 4.
• Rio Vista Elementary students received Parts 3 and 4 and submitted entries for Part 5.
• From there, the story made its way through the District, with students from each school writing the next part without knowing all that had come before. Each school had about three days to craft their entries.
• Once submissions were chosen, students were asked to illustrate their school’s part of the story.
The students were charged with using their imagination and had only a few guidelines for the writing portion: Each entry could be no more than 250 words, they had to use at least one character from a previous part, and they could end their submissions on a cliffhanger or even mid-sentence.
Each day during Love of Reading Week, we will unveil a part of the story here and on the District's Facebook page.
Be sure to follow along!
The District plans to make booklets of the story to distribute at the Tucson Festival of Books, and we will invite visitors to the booth to contribute to a new story on the spot.
We hope you enjoy "The Secret!"