Story Boards

By: Lindsey Jones

What are they??

  • Story boards are a literacy strategy used to sequence and retell the events of a story.
  • Allows students to manipulate and examine illustrations more carefully.
  • There is no set length for a story board (Few Squares--> Many Squares)
  • They can be adapted to fit many tasks and organized in different ways to display content.

Grade Levels

Instructional Focus

  • Comprehension**
  • Summarization
  • Retelling
  • Writing
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Story Boards for English Learners

Story Boards are a great tool for ESL/ELL students because it allows them to share their understanding using art and pictures rather than simply through words. This can be done by allowing these students to use story boards as a way of previewing a story before they begin reading or to create their own picture sequences after finishing.

How to Implement This Instructional Strattegy

1. Collect two copies of a book.

  • Picture books
  • Paperback copies are less expensive
  • If illustrations are located on opposite pages, only one copy is needed.

2. Cut the Books Apart.

  • May choose to cut away text that appears next to illustration
  • Use pictures that have significant meaning to the story

3. Attach the Pages to Pieces of Cardboard

  • Teacher glues page/picture to piece of cardboard

4. Laminate the Cards

  • Aids in helping materials withstand use
  • Materials can be recycled over the years

5. Students Place Cards in Sequential Order, Retelling Story

  • Story Structure
  • Sequencing
  • Rereading
  • Word-study

Another Way to Use Storyboards

1. Group students into equal groups. (Depending on class size and number of pictures, you may choose to vary number of groups.)

2. Using a piece of literature that students have recently read or are familiar with, find pictures that represent main ideas from the story. Cut them out.

3. Distribute pictures to the groups. (one per group)

4. One by one, teacher will call upon a group to explain what is happening in their picture from the story.

5. Once each group has summarized or retold what their picture represents, students collectively will form a class storyboard by putting pictures in sequential order.

Storyboards in ACTION!

Creating a Storyboard for Narrative Writing