Lesson Plan

emPowered Stories

Using digital storytelling to look at, well ANYTHING!
Greg M.
Technology coordinator
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My Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
  1. Using technology to create digital media
  2. Producing your own work 
  3. Using thinking maps to help aid in the creative production
  4. Creating storyboards to help guide production
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 – 12
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1 Hook

Activity: Creating

We all have stories to tell, it's in our evolution.  We have been storytellers for as long as we have been a communicative species.  Sharing our experiences, desires, dreams and beliefs through the captivity of the story.  What is your story?  What do you want to tell?  Pretty much anything works here.  You can fit most of all the content needed to be covered in school through storytelling, be it a science concept like energies role in our lives, to math problems (think... story problems).  Stories can range from fiction to nonfiction, historical to personal, funny to serious.  Yet they all serve the purpose of creating your own content, your own story, showing your own understanding of the world around... plus they're fun!

What will your story be?

2 Direct Instruction

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No matter the story you want to create, it's always important to plan that story out.  Thinking maps are a great way to help focus your ideas.  Using bubble maps will help to make you focus your story development and is a great way to collaborate as a group.  Using an application like MindMeister makes the process easier and fun.  Really think about your focus topic, think of ways that you can relate to it.  Here is where you let your imagination run wild!  You want to have a well developed thinking map before you move onto making a storyboard.

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3 Guided Practice

I like to use Explain Everything as a way to create a digital story board.  While you can easily use paper, pencil and thinking map templates, students always get so much enjoyment out of using technology (plus it saves paper and the annoyances of pencil sharpeners).  I have students separate each screen into two parts, one of the picture and the other for notes and script.  Each page is one slide of the storyboard and they go in sequential order.  Making sure that students pre write and create a storyboard is an essential part to this process!  It helps them stay focused when creating the project and not get too distracted by the awesomeness of the technology tool! 

Here is a link to a paper template of a storyboard

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4 Independent Practice

Now that you have your storyboard it's time to start creating your story.  Using iMovie and many other video and audio creating apps (Stop Motion, PopAGraph, OSnap!, Gravie), you can start to create and gather your media.  Once you have done that you need to organize it and create the production that you want to share.  Recording, editing and polishing this media will be a time consuming task, but hard work and persistence will pay off in the end by having a fantastic piece of media!

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5 Wrap-Up

Google Drive
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Share the projects created.  Have students provide feedback on what was good and what they thought could make the project better.  Keeping with the technology focus, have students provide feedback on a google form (here's an example).


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