Embracing Storytelling

Embracing Storytelling

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By Edinburgh College

7 Lesson Unit

In this series of lessons, you’ll discover what it takes to create a great story and will be encouraged to use your imagination to develop a personalised story based on the reference material. Throughout these lessons, learners will get to know various techniques to help bring their stories to life, including ‘once upon a time’ formula, mind mapping, crazy-8 ideation and storyboarding. By the end of this course, they will be asked to write a unique story and use their new-learned techniques to create a story that makes the reader feel attached to what they read.

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Lesson 1

Tell Me A Story

In this lesson we are going to explore the art of storytelling. If we had to pick one skill to master, storytelling would be it. Stories are how we organise our experiences in the world and how we make sense of events that have happened to us. With the right kind of story you can influence and persuade people, you can make us care.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 min

5 min - Do stories need to make us care?

10 min - What stories do you remember?

10 min - Share your story

5 min - The cat sat on the dog’s mat

10 min - Why is the cat on the mat?

10 min - Crazy Eights

 

Themes Covered

Open Discussion

Creative Expression

Writing

Idea Generation

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Lesson 2

Tell Me A Story

In this lesson we look at ways that we can develop the story and the characters. Using the ‘once upon a time’ formula we ask pupils to apply this to the cat and dog story they began in lesson 1.

Pupils are encouraged to imagine different scenarios and possibilities. At the end of the lesson pupils will share their ideas in a team. Tell a story and make someone care! 

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

2 min - Recap of lesson 1

10 min - Dots on pictures

10 min - Once upon a time

3 min - Developing the story

10 min - Who is the dog?

10 min - Who is the cat?

5 min - Share your story

 

Themes covered

Open Discussion

Creative Expression

Writing

Idea Generation

Presentation

 
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Lesson 3

The Plot Thickens

In Lesson 3 learners will connect and develop their story, shaping it into a possible movie.

Using their imagination they will be encouraged to think of ways that this image could be linked to the cat on the mat. They will be introduced to basic storyboarding and begin to think about to frame images that tell  their story while also intriguing us.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

3 min - Recap of lesson 1 & 2

15 min - Connecting the story

15 min - Introduction to storyboards

7 min - Name your movie

10 min - Share what they have created

 

Themes covered

Creative Expression

Problem Solving

Writing

Idea Generation

Presentation

 
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Lesson 4

Planning A Story

In this lesson we look at the different methods available to help us plan a story. From the simple process of making toast to how filmmakers connect images and words together in storyboards.

Learners will be given an opportunity to develop their ‘Cat on the Dogs Mat’ story they have created in lesson 1- 3.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

10 min - How to make toast

15 min - Post the process

5 min - Why is this relevant?

5 min - Storyboards

15 min - Create your own storyboard

 

Themes covered

Open Discussion

Creative Expression

Critical Thinking

Idea Generation

 
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Lesson 5

Show me your story

In this lesson learners will finalise their storyboard for the Cat on the Dog’s Mat film.

They will be encouraged to collaborate in teams of two to look at ways that the story could be developed. The finished stories should then be shared and feedback given on what has been produced.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 45 Min

5 min - Pixar formula

10 min - Develop your story

20 min - Share your story

10 min - Present your story

 

Themes covered

Creative Expression

Critical Thinking

Writing

Presentation

 
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Lesson 6 & 7

Tell Your Story

In this lesson learners will apply the techniques they have developed in lessons 1-5, to a story of their choice. Using one of the images in the accompanying  presentation they will create a story that makes us feel something, makes us all care.

At this end of this 100 minute lesson they will present their story to the class.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 100 Min

5 min - Keeping our attention

10 min - Recap on the different techniques

65 min - Creating their own story

20 min - Presenting their story

 

Themes covered

Creative Expression

Idea Generation

Writing

Presentation

 
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