Greetings Digital Storytellers!
It looks like you did a fantastic job of teaching about the DRAMATIC ARC!
Now, we want you to help your classmates use that information to create PHOTO STORIES.
- Students will work in teams to create a PHOTO STORY about one of the team members.
- The story will be about about something the person learned or achieved.
- Each story will contain 6-9 original photos. (Nothing from the Internet!)
- Each photo will have written captions to help tell the story.
- Each story will follow THE DRAMATIC ARC! (Photos should be numbered in order.)
- Teams will screen completed stories for the whole class and on the Collaboration Center.
*Here is an example of a PHOTO STORY from Nicaragua (click to open slideshow)
Juana’s Story: Learning Independence
Now follow the steps below to lead this activity with your class:
*Review lesson plan and PHOTO STORY example (JUANA’s STORY).
*Make copies of STORY IDEA WORKSHEET and PRODUCTION WORKSHEET for each person in the class. (Click below)
Lesson Plan (2 class sessions plus homework)
I. Review (10 minutes):
- Remind the class that the foundation of good storytelling is the DRAMATIC ARC. Draw the DRAMATIC ARC on the board and ask the class to help label each part.
- Explain the assignment to the class. Show them the example above (Juana’s Story: Learning Independence). Read the captions out loud.
II. Activity (30-40 minutes plus homework):
- Divide your class into teams of 2-3 people and explain that each team will be telling a personal story about one member using photos and captions. The story should be about something that the person learned or accomplished.
- Hand out the Story Idea Worksheet and ask each student to complete one individually.
- Ask teams to discuss their story ideas within their group. Each group should choose one story to focus on.
- Walk around and help the students choose a story that (1) shares a specific example; (2) Has a strong dramatic arc; and (3) can be told with original photos. Make sure there is a mix of boys’ stories and girls’ stories!
- When each team has chosen a story, hand out the PRODUCTION WORKSHEET and ask each group to plan and divide up tasks.
- Each team should complete a photo story and post it on the Collaboration Center.
- Assign a due date for the completed Photo Story (1 week).
- Remind students to follow the tasks on the PRODUCTION WORKSHEET.
- Screen and discuss the completed PHOTO STORIES with the entire class.
- Share the PHOTO STORIES on the Collaboration Center.
Be Creative and Have Fun. We can’t wait to see your PHOTO STORIES!