Lesson Plan

Storytelling with Technology

Novel November throughout the year
Miriam K.
Media specialist/librarian
Cornell Elementary School
Coraopolis, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor

Students will be able to...

1. Write their own stories using the Novel November Curriculum

2. Peer edit and review each others stories

3. Edit and type their stories using Storybird.com

4. Publish their stories on an online story website


English Language Arts
Grades 5 - 6
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Introduction to Lesson

This website has a ton of information! I download and print the elementary writing guide. This guide has step by step directions for the Novel November writing project. I use this workbook to make packets for the students to work through. 

Each student gets a folder to put their packets in as they work through them. I start the unit off by asking the students what their favorite book is to read. We talk a lot about why we liked those books. We make a list of all the reason we liked the book. After that we talk about books that we did not like. We talk about the traits that made those books into something we did not like.

We use these lists to begin to think about the type of book that they would like to write.


Student Instructions

You are going to write your own story! This is the first step. You will be thinking about what is your favorite book to read. Why did you like that book? What made that book into your favorite?

You will be helping to make a list of all the traits that "good books" have.

Next you will help to make a list about books that you did not like "the Bad Book List." Think about why you did not like these books.

2 Story Components

The Novel November writers guide has 3 different levels that range from elementary to adult. I use the elementary packets with the kids because there is a little more explanation than the middle school packets.

These packets cover everything, including dialog, setting, plot, characters, story mapping, and editing.

Sometimes we work through the packets together and other times I let them work alone. The packets are a great introduction to the concept of writing a story.

Student Instructions

As you begin to think about a story that you would like to write, begin to brainstorm all of your ideas. Write everything down, even if you think it is nothing.

As a class, we will work through some of the steps together. Feel free to work on your own if you have an idea that you really like.


3 Creating a story

Activity: Creating

Once the students have finished working through their packets, they will begin to write their stories. The students will begin to put all of the information together. The students will only be writing down a rough draft at this point.

While working through the packets, the students have already written their introduction paragraph along with many other bits and pieces of their story. This is the time that they will be working on the rest of the story.

Student Instructions

This is where you put it all together! You have been working for so long and creating aspects of an amazing story and now is the time to write that story.

Using all of the information that you have been putting together with the packets, you will begin to write your story.

Writing a story can be hard. Do not worry about mistakes, put all of your ideas onto paper and we will worry about the editing at a later stage.

4 Publishing

Free, Paid

This site is amazing and my kids love it! There is a free version and a paid version. You can get up-to 30 log-ins for free before you will need to switch to the paid version.

This site allows students to create a picture book, chapter book, or poem collection using pictures that they have on their site and adding the text in themselves. The site offers a ton of options for illustrations and is very user friendly. The site auto saves all of the students work and allows them to publish their finished work on their site so that other users can read and comments on their writings.

There is a little setup up time to get the accounts sorted out. Overall this is a great site to have the students become "published" authors. There is also a ton of other stories on this site from other students and writers that the kids can read.

I have the students write their stories in either the picture or chapter book option. Before they are allowed to publish I have to double check their work.

The kids loved this site.

Student Instructions

Now it is time to become authors! You have done a ton of work to get to this point and now it is time to see the finished product.

You will begin to type your stories onto your Storybird account. You can work in class or at home and pic either the chapter book or the picture book option.

Step 1- Log-in to your account

Step 2- Look through all of the pictures that are offered. Find one that will go along with your story. Click on the "Use this Art" button

Step 3- Pick either a chapter or picture book

Step 4- Begin to write. This site will automatically save your work. There is a save button as well in the upper right hand corner.

Step 5- After you have completed you writing- the teacher will double check your  work- when you have been approved you can hit the "PUBLISH" button

Step 6- Pat yourself on the back- You are an AUTHOR!!!!