Li’l Stories teaches young children to express themselves through visual, spoken and written storytelling. Structured as a classroom activity, Li’l Stories guides students through the collaborative process of creating and sharing a narrative. The system successfully teaches English Language Arts and fosters communication, creative thinking, problem-solving and self-expression.
The framework consists of two activities:
1. Creating Stories: Using the Li’l Stories storyboards, children first define their story elements, or inputs, then they create the story individually or in groups. They do this through drawing and writing. They learn about story structure, story elements and sequencing.
2. Sharing Stories: After creating their stories, children tell them in the classroom. This shows them how to articulate and communicate their ideas. They practice public speaking, getting feedback and responding to it.
You can combine these activities in different ways—it can be a short story creation and sharing activity or the beginning of a longer unit where you can have students turn their visual stories into written narratives or develop them further into plays, puppet shows or films.
The Li'l Stories story pad:
Each Li’l Stories story pad provides you with 50 sheets of the Li’l Stories storyboard and is 18” by 15” in size—giving children ample room to draw and write comfortably.
The Li'l Stories storyboard:
Artists, designers and filmmakers often use storyboarding as a framework to develop linear storytelling. Similarly, the act of storyboarding helps children structure their narratives and organize their thinking.
This Li'l Stories storyboard is for K to 1st graders. It has 2 input and 6 story boxes:
2 input boxes: Content covered in your class or at home can be used to inspire characters, settings and plots of stories created by students. You can define these elements or let the children come up with their own.
6 story boxes: Children can retell stories they’ve read or heard in class, or create new stories around specific topics or story structures like historical narratives, pourquoi tales or fairy tales.
• The back of the pad has instructions, activity ideas and tips.
Use 3″ by 3″ Post-its if you’d like students to be able to edit their stories.