Q2 Find Your Story

18. Digital Storytelling

Filmstrip with five cells, Find is highlighted in the first cell, then: Craft, Feedback & Revison, Gather Media, and Finalize and Produce in the last cell.


Now that you have discovered how different elements can be used to tell more effective stories, it's time to find your own story. First you will review the criteria for your digital story by discussing the rubric with your teacher. Then you will brainstorm some story possibilities, receive teacher feedback, and share your final story idea with a group of peers.

Key Vocabulary

Brainstorm: Brainstorm is the process of gathering a list of spontaneous ideas without evaluating them at first.

Target Audience: A target audience is your intended audience (e.g. friends, parents, relatives, etc.)

I Can Statements

  • brainstorm and research story topic ideas
  • provide and accept constructive feedback


Part 1: Where am I headed?

At various points throughout this process you will be asked to review the digital storytelling rubric. Let the rubric and three simple questions guide your decision making.

  • Where am I headed?
  • Where am I now?
  • How do I get there and close the gap?



  1. Open 18.Q2 Digital Storytelling Rubric.
  2. Review the highest level for each criteria.
  3. Ask yourself the first guiding question: Where am I headed?

Part 2: Brainstorm and Online Research

At the heart of most memorable stories is something the creator is passionate about. You might find it helpful to consider your life in three places: school, home, and the world. What or who has impacted your life at school, home, and in the world? 



  1. Open the Brainstorm and Online Research Process document.
  2. Complete the steps to find your story idea.

Get Unstuck

Completing this Quest

When you have completed this Quest and read the I Can Statements, share your Brainstorm and Online Research Process document with your teacher for feedback and approval.

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

 I am ready for Quest 3 Craft Your Story



Websites and Applications

Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

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.