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English Language Arts - 3rd

Exploring Story Elements: Creating a Storyboard

Title: Exploring Story Elements: Creating a Storyboard

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 3

Subject: English Language Arts

Summary: This activity engages third-grade students in exploring story elements by creating a storyboard for a chosen narrative.

Topic: Story Elements, Storytelling, Storyboard

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the different story elements, such as characters, setting, and plot.
  • Understand how story elements contribute to the overall narrative.
  • Create a storyboard to visually represent a story's elements.
  • Present and share their storyboards with peers.


This activity will be conducted in a classroom setting, with students working individually or in small groups. It will involve a combination of teacher-led instruction, group discussions, and hands-on creation of storyboards.


  • Chart paper or large whiteboards
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
  • Storybooks or short stories (one per student/group)
  • Printable storyboard templates (optional)


  1. Introduce the concept of story elements to the students, including characters, setting, and plot. Use examples from familiar stories to illustrate each element.
  2. Provide each student/group with a storybook or short story to read and analyze. Encourage them to identify the story elements within the text.
  3. Explain the purpose and structure of a storyboard, which is a visual representation of a story's elements. Show examples of storyboards or use printable templates.
  4. Ask students to choose a story from the provided books or their own favorite story. They will create a storyboard for that story, focusing on the characters, setting, and plot.
  5. Provide the necessary materials for students to create their storyboards. Encourage them to use colors and illustrations to enhance their visual representations.
  6. Allow time for students to complete their storyboards. Circulate around the classroom to provide guidance and support as needed.
  7. Once the storyboards are completed, organize a gallery walk where students can view and discuss each other's work. Encourage them to share their thoughts on how the story elements are represented in the storyboards.
  8. Conclude the activity with a class discussion, highlighting the importance of story elements in creating engaging narratives. Ask students to reflect on their own understanding of story elements and how they contributed to their storyboard creations.


Assess the students' understanding of story elements and their ability to create a storyboard through the following methods:

  • Observation during the activity: Monitor students' engagement, participation, and use of story elements in their storyboards.
  • Gallery walk: Observe students' discussions and interactions during the gallery walk, noting their ability to analyze and provide feedback on storyboards.
  • Individual or group presentations: Ask students to present their storyboards, explaining how they represented the story elements and why they made certain choices.

By the end of this activity, students should have a solid understanding of story elements and be able to create a visually appealing storyboard that represents the characters, setting, and plot of a chosen narrative.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 3

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