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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, Storyboarding

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 blended learning environment, combining both in-class and online components. The teacher will introduce the concept of story elements through a brief lecture and interactive discussion. Students will then work individually or in small groups to create their storyboards using both traditional art supplies and digital tools.


  • Chart paper or whiteboard
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
  • Storybooks or printed short stories
  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Storyboard templates (printed or digital)


  1. Begin by discussing the concept of story elements with the students. Use examples from familiar stories to explain characters, setting, and plot.
  2. Engage the students in a brainstorming session to identify story elements in a chosen story. Write their responses on the chart paper or whiteboard.
  3. Provide each student or group with a storybook or printed short story. Instruct them to read the story and identify the story elements.
  4. Introduce the concept of storyboarding and explain its purpose in visually representing a story's elements.
  5. Show examples of storyboards, either through printed materials or online resources.
  6. Provide students with storyboard templates and art supplies. Instruct them to create their own storyboards, including characters, setting, and plot.
  7. If available, guide students in using digital tools to create their storyboards. They can use online storyboard creators or drawing apps.
  8. Allow time for students to complete their storyboards. Encourage creativity and attention to detail.
  9. Once the storyboards are completed, facilitate a sharing session where students present their storyboards to the class. Encourage them to explain their choices and how the story elements are represented visually.
  10. Conclude the activity with a reflection discussion, asking students to share what they learned about story elements and the process of creating a storyboard.


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

  • Observation during the activity, noting students' engagement, creativity, and attention to detail.
  • Reviewing completed storyboards to ensure the inclusion of characters, setting, and plot.
  • Listening to students' presentations and evaluating their ability to explain their choices and connect them to the story elements.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 3

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