A Toontastic Story
A fun twist on narrative writing. Students plan and write a story then create a Toontastic video for presentation.
Target Grade Level: 3rd grade
Focus: Story Development; Narratives; Point of View
Common Core Standards:
- 3.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
- 3.W.6 With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing
Materials: Toonatastic App; Toontastic Story Outline
Before the Lesson: Teacher created story and movie
- Introduce purpose of the lesson.
- Revisit what makes a great story; Make notes on a chart or whiteboard.
- Tell students that you are going to read your favorite story. Let them know that to you, it is a great story, but don’t tell them why yet. This will be discussed later in the lesson.
- Read Sarah’s Story by Bill Harley(or your favorite story).
- After reading, look back at the chart created by the class about what makes a great story. Relate your book to the chart and tell why that book is great to you.
- Introduce Toontastic App to students; there is a preset explanation of each part of the story included in the App that can be played to show different parts of the story that will be written.
- Show students different settings in the app; allow them to select a setting for their story.
- Pass out story outline and have students write their setting choice on the paper
- Go over the outline with students; Allow time for students to plan their story. During this time, they are choosing characters setting up a plot.
- Give students a day to write their story or assign for homework.
- Once stories are written, discuss dialogue and point of view with students. Read your teacher created story, then show your Toontastic video. Point out that while the story is the same, it does not include all the words in the story.
- Students should decide if their movie will be in the narrator’s voice or the characters voice or both.
- Go over the steps for the app.
- Allow students time to create.
- Set up time for presentation of movies.