"Dark, Dark Woods" Storyboard Activity
1. From our campfire, we move to the tables so 8.5" x 11" individual sheets of paper can be handed to each child. We fold the paper into 6 equal boxes.
2. We number the boxes 1 - 6 from left to right. The first box is typically where we write the TITLE of the story and it's author, if known.
3. Every story has a beginning, middle, and end so we discuss how important it is to make sure we know the beginning and the end. So, we talked about what was most important to remember in the beginning of the tale and at the end of the tale. We write and draw pictures on boxes 2 and 6. I relate this learning a joke: you have to know the beginning of a joke and then the punchline of a joke or you don't have a joke!
4. Finally, we fill in the remaining boxes, which is really the plot (boxes 3-5) We talk about this together around our table and then fill them all in with help given when needed. Our blind kids were amazing. Leo used Wikki Stix to create his pictures and used a braille typer to write down his bare bones of the story.
4. We paired up and told "Dark, Dark, Woods" to each other using our new storyboards. Here's some pictures:
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss' book Stories in My Pocket
is one of the best short story collections to teach storytelling to children because great tips are written on the right side of story text to help the kids with voice and gestures. I knew reading this small font was going to be a huge problem for our young tellers so I got permission for Mitch and Martha to record a handful of their tales so the kids had easy listening access to the stories. The link to my recordings is HERE.
After taking time to listen to these stories over two days at camp, the kids got busy writing down their barebones on the folded six box storyboard that was described above using "The Dark, Dark Woods." The folktales chosen by each child were the ones we helped them out with for the remainder of the week through skill building activities and games. Please tune into my next post to hear all about them.
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