Storyboard Adventures

Storyboard Adventures lesson plan

Start a script-writing career! Launch a career as a famous author! Try cartooning or advertising! Design storyboards like the pros.

  • 1.

    Hop on board! Storyboards are sequential drawings that show the plot of a story or script. People who work on large projects such as movies, books, commercials, animated cartoons, or similar presentations, use this technique to plan stories.

  • 2.

    Write! Open a discussion with students about storyboards. Create an original short story as a whole class, a one-act play, a TV show, or commercial using a classroom white board and Crayola Dry Erase Markers. Invite students to fill it with lively dialogue and action! Once the storyboard is complete inform students that they will work in small groups to create original storyboards.

  • 3.

    Organize students into small groups. Have students choose highlights. Ask them to pick the most important parts of your story. Each item should relate to the next part of the plot and will be the subject of one drawing on your storyboard. Fold or cut construction paper into as many sections as you need.

  • 4.

    Remind student groups to show sequence in their storyboards. Use Crayola Washable Markers to draw one illustration in each square. Suggest groups number their drawings in order. If so desired, students can mount their storyboards and stories on posterboard for display.

  • 5.

    Provide time in the school day for student group to present their storyboards to classmates.


  • LA: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
  • VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.