Lesson Plan

My Story in Pictures: Writing in the Primary Grades

Students use pictures, text, and speech bubbles to tell a fiction or non-fiction story.
Emily S.
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Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to...

Communicate: Create meaning strategically in reading, writing, speaking and listening

RWC10-GR.1-S.3-GLE.1-EO.f With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

RWC10-GR.1-S.3-GLE.1-EO.d With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.


English Language Arts
Grades K - 1
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1 Hook

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First, students explore photo booth by taking pictures and using the effects in photo booth to create silly and creative pictures.

Next, students watch the music video "Fiction vs. Nonfiction" on Flocabulary and discuss the two different generes and their elements. 

2 Direct Instruction

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With the help and input from the students, the teacher creates a mind map using popplet to generate a list of the elements of fiction and non-fiction stories. With the pictures from photo booth, the teacher sorts her pictrues into fiction or non-fiction possibilities. The students can also generate possible story titles that can be recorded in the popplet. 

3 Guided Practice

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Students look at the pictures they took in photo booth and evaluate what kind of story they should write based on the type of pictures they took. For example, if they have pictures using the x-ray effect, they could make a scary fiction story. If they have a picture with a background of the ocean, they could write a non-fiction story about a time they went snorkeling with their family. They can collaborate and discuss their story ideas with other students and the teacher until they decide on the best topic for their story. With help, students choose a template from Comic Life 3 to create their story.


4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

As students create their stories, they may need to go back and take more pictures in order to add details to their story. They can add pictures, speech bubbles, text, etc. to tell their story.

5 Wrap-Up

Students can share full color versions of their stories by uploading them onto the eportfolios they built (in a different lesson) using google sites. They can choose to share their stories with their families, classmates, and relatives by sharing their google site.

Extension: Using the program Narrable or voicethread, students can upload their pictures and record themselves reading their story. This may be an especially helpful step if a student's writing is hard to read. Students can then receive feedback about their story through voicethread or by enablng comments for specific people on their google site.