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Q3 Craft Your Story

18. Digital Storytelling

YouTube video from Basetwo Media


Your task is to write your script, get feedback and suggestions, revise it as needed, and be ready for the process of adding the media elements in the next Quest.

Key Vocabulary

Storyboard: A storyboard is a series of slides, cards, or notes that represent scenes or shots in your story. 

Blueprint: A blueprint is a design plan or other technical drawing. 

I Can Statements

  • create an original story
  • understand how to use a storyboard to build and organize story elements
  • provide and accept constructive feedback
  • use feedback to improve my work



  1. Watch The 7 Keys of Storytelling: Capture Attention from YouTube.
  2. Take 3 minutes to think how you will capture attention. 
  • Who is your intended audience?
  • Where will you tell your story?
  • What tone will help you connect with your audience?

Story Structures

Effective stories have a structure so information builds in a logical way.  The kind of information you want to communicate will determine which structure you use. 

  1. Explore the structures listed below.
  2. Choose a logical structure for your story. Use the linked documents in the table to begin planning your story when you have chosen one.
    (4 story structures.pdf)
Four Story Structures


Use this Narrative Planning and Script Google document that includes additional details.

Use this structure to: tell a story, explain historical events

  • Somebody 
  • In - setting
  • Wanted - the goal
  • But - obstacle(s) 
  • So - Steps to overcome obstacle(s)
  • Then - Solution
  • Finally - What was learned


Use this Problem/Solution Planning and Script Google document that includes additional details.

Use this structure to: present a problem and show how it can be solved

  • Setting - now
  • Problem 
  • What could be 
  • Solution
  • Reward -  how the solution benefits your audience.


Use this Cause/Effect Planning and Script Google document that contains additional details.

Use this structure to: explain the causes and effects of a situation

  • Situation - Introduce a situation.
  • Causes - Explain cause(s).
  • Effects - Explain effect(s).


Use this What/Why/How Planning and Script Google document that includes additional details

Use this structure to: persuade an audience

  • What - key message
  • Why  - Why should your audience think or do it? (reasons)
  • How - To convince your audience 



Your storyboard is the blueprint to your story--a visual representation of your script. 

  1. Open and save a copy of the Storyboard Template for the story structure you chose in step 5 into your media folder.

    • Narrative Storyboard Template  (Google slides  or  Microsoft PowerPoint)

    • What/Why/How (Google slides  or  Microsoft PowerPoint)

    • Problem/Solution (Google slides  or  Microsoft PowerPoint)

    • Cause/Effect (Google slides  or  Microsoft PowerPoint)

  2. Complete the steps in the Storyboard Template.

  3. Share your Template with your teacher for feedback.

Example of a completed planning & script and storyboard

The Litter Beach project was created by Carolyn.

The story structure chosen was the Problem/Solution

Filmstrip with Feedback And Revision highlighted

Completing this Quest

In order to successfully complete this Quest you will have:

  • Selected a story structure
  • Created a storyboard
  • Shared with a partner for constructive feedback
  • Shared it with your teacher

  Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

   I am ready for Quest 4 Gather Media

18.Q3.Student Checklist

  Quizlet Craft Your Story


Six Elements of Good Storytelling

ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits

4. Innovative Designer
a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems

6. Creative Communicator
a. choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
b. create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations
d. publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.