Making Movie Storyboards
Inspired by PBS' documentary film series, REEL NY, this lesson gives
students the opportunity to explore the importance of images in telling
a story in film. Students analyze movie clips and identify some visual
cues that help them understand the story. Then they learn to identify
close-up versus wide shots and think about how each is useful to visual
storytelling. Using an interactive Web site, students learn the importance
of shot sequence in conveying meaning. They then work collaboratively
to storyboard a passage from a book they are reading and finally present
their storyboards to an audience in the form of a PowerPoint slide show.
At the screening of their PowerPoint movies, the visual storytellers
field questions from the audience regarding their work.
Grades 3 - 5
Six 50-minute class periods
Students will be able to:
Visual Arts, Level 2, Standard 1:
- Identify cues that help visual storytellers communicate with their
- Distinguish between wide shots and close-ups, and understand how each
contributes distinctively to visual storytelling.
- Understand how the sequence of frames in a storyboard affects the
story the frames are conveying.
- Work collaboratively to translate a written story into a visual one.
Understands and applies media,
techniques and processes related to the visual arts
Knows how different media (e.g., oil, watercolor, stone, metal), techniques
and processes are used to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
Visual Arts, Level 2, Standard 2:
Knows how to use structures (e.g.,
sensory qualities, organizational principles, expressive features) and functions
Uses visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
This lesson was prepared by: Brandon G. Kiggins