Item Number: JNR-TOON
VISUAL STORY-TELLING LESSON PLANS: Teach digital story-telling and boost creativity with a unique and innovative technology project. Students create an animated cartoon using presentation software. Resources include a Teacher Guide, Student Workbook with illustrated, step-by-step instructions, checklists, assessment tools, and extension activities for optional challenges.
INSPIRE AND ENGAGE YOUNG WRITERS: Sample cartoons unleash the creative potential of young minds. Motivate your students with a diverse collection of digital story samples including Marco Polo, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Bicycle Safety Tips, My Dream, Super Dog, Cartoon, and What Is It?
INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY INTO CURRICULUM: Blend the story-telling project into language arts, computer studies, or social science. Promote STEM, CTE, and ICT by combining curriculum and technology learning objectives. Summarize a novel, share facts, or review a topic currently being studied by building an animated presentation. Transform digital learning!
STUDENT CENTERED APPROACH: Promote a self-directed classroom. Guided by a digital workbook, students achieve new technology skills and complete the story-telling task independently. Teachers play the role of a facilitator. Students are empowered and build self-confidence when they take ownership of their work.
ANIMATION AND PICTURE EDITING WORKSHOPS: Extra activities include tips and tricks for slide show animation, getting pictures from the internet, and how to trim, crop, flip, and recolor images. Learn how to record the story and then share it as a video.
Technology Integration: Language Arts
Technology Skill: Animation, Presentation
Program: Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Google, Google Slides, Office Online, PowerPoint Online
Assignment 1: Digital Storytelling, Cartoons, & Comic Strips
Produce silly comic strips by writing text into callouts to describe what is happening.
Assignment 2: View Sample Digital Stories
Examine digital stories to learn about the structure and ignite interest in animated storytelling.
Assignment 3: Organize Story Ideas for the Digital Story
Invent a cartoon story. Determine the audience. Sketch events into a storyboard to form a plan.
Assignment 4: Make the Title Slide
Spark interest in the story with a unique title slide. Format text, text boxes, and slide background.
Assignment 5: Set the Scene
Convey information about setting, character, and plot by combining images with callouts.
Assignment 6: Create the Action Scenes
Illustrate the remaining scenes. Exaggerate the story action using starbursts and WordArt.
Assignment 7: Add Transitions and Animations
Divide the action using transitions. Animate each scene and sequence the timing of events.
Assignment 8:Digital Story Checklist
Self-evaluate the content, design, and animation applied to each scene. Revise the story.
Assignment 9: Publish your Digital Story
Prepare the story for an audience. Set the slides to play automatically. Invite peers to view it.
Optional Google Slides or PowerPoint Visual Storytelling Activities
- Generate a Story Idea: Pick a character, setting, and plot.
- Picture Editing Workshop: Trim, crop, recolor, and flip.
- Use Images from the Internet: Insert a file or link.
- Animation Workshop: Tips for animations, timing, and more.
- Peer Edit the Digital Story: Share the story. Invite comments.
- Print a Comic Strip or Comic Book: Print as a handout.
- Make a Video: Record the story, then share.
Use TechnoToon with unlimited users at your site. A site is a physical location such as classroom, school, learning center, daycare, library, or home. If you teach at multiple sites, you will need to purchase one set for each location. Individual projects are downloadable. Order 5 or more projects or a set and receive a USB drive. Transfer the files to all devices at your site. View the PDF teacher guides and workbooks digitally or print as many as you need. Files CANNOT be posted in public domain.