I asked the teachers I was working with on Monday morning as part of a professional development presentation on literacy in the content area, ‘How would your life be different if you were not literate?’ My question prompted some good discussions on how our lives would be different.

I then showed them this picture of two model houses that were donated to our local library.

The caption reads

This model was constructed entirely from scraps by an elderly man who did not learn to read until he was 60 years old. The attractive two story house symbolizes a life enriched by reading. The smaller structure, on the other hand, symbolizes a life in disarray due to illiteracy.  . . . The craftsman gave this model to library patron Clark Richards in appreciation for his efforts as a literacy volunteer.

So, How would your life be different if you were not literate?