Susan Riley | August 2013

Storyboarding as a Path to Literacy

For today’s Free Friday, I’m sharing a new video that walks you through how to use the free program Storyboard That as a path to literacy with your students.  Many students find it difficult to write or to express details deeply and cohesively.  By using storyboarding, students feel less threatened by traditional writing. They become free to design their story through art and drama first.  By using this access point, students can have time to think through their thought processes, discover what details may be missing and synthesize their story into a sequential context.  From there, they write within the storyboard in short, succinct sentences. Which then, they may edit as part of a rough draft.  Finally, after their storyboard is complete, they can transfer their storyboard into a written story, essay or script.

This is a fun, engaging, and deeply meaningful process to help enhance and connect students to writing and literacy.  Happy Friday!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan