What can Story Studio do for teachers?

Story Studio provides a series of field-tested, arts-integrated lessons that have proven effective at developing English Language Literacy Skills.

1st Unit: Self Portrait

Students learn basic drawing and painting skills, teachers learn how to work with the Story Studio curriculum, and the project results in a gallery walk consisting of painting and poetry.

2nd Unit: Collage

Students combine reading, writing, drawing and collage skills, teachers engage students using graphic organizers, visual images and storytelling activities, and the project culminates in an in class storytelling event.

3rd Unit: Storytelling

Students build an original story to be told in a performance setting, teachers learn elements of storytelling that connect with their academic curriculum, and the project concludes with the Story Giants Festival celebration.

Unit Overview:

Students will learn the elements to making successful self-portraits. Through scaffolded activities, students will draw from observation focusing on symmetry, line, form, and individual expression. Additionally students will experiment with color-mixing and application techniques developing fluency with the art of painting. Students strengthen visual literacy and will learn how to critique and speak about the work of their peers as well as masterworks. The self-portrait project engages students through material exploration and personal writing, using these abilities and techniques to improve English Language skills.

Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy. SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

Project In Action:

Visualize Self-Portrait Making In Your Classroom, View The Unit 1 Project In Action

Lesson Plans:

Daily Agenda

View the Story Studio daily agenda.

Unit 1 Lesson Plan 1

Students are introduced to Story Studio. Through a series of art activities, students strengthen their observation and drawing skills.

Unit 1 Lesson Plan 2

Through observation, mark-making, and drawing exercises students will explore how line and shading techniques can be used to create mood in a drawing.

Unit 1 Lesson Plan 3

Through observation, mark-making, and drawing exercises students will be able to draw a symmetrical self-portrait.

Unit 1 Lesson Plan 4

Through observation, mark-making and cross-hatching, students will add features to their symmetrical self-portrait.

Unit 1 Lesson Plan 5

Through various painting techniques and applied color theory, students will begin to paint their self-portrait.

Unit 1 Lesson Plan 6

Students will be able to use color to enhance their styles of portraiture and identify how warm and cool colors relate to specific emotions and feelings.

Unit 1 Lesson Plan 7

Students will write poetry reflecting on their self-portrait, identity and culture. The project culminates in an in-class gallery walk.

Assessment Tool:

Download UAP's Research in Action Dialogue (RAD) assessment tool

Video Tutorials:

Student Artwork:

View UNIT 1 Story Gallery

Resources:

Unit Overview:

The storyboard unit is an extensive project combining, reading, writing, drawing, and collage. Students read or write a story and picture what is happening, using graphic organizers to outline their stories and create sketches of their stories. The sketches serve as source material for their collages. Students study masterworks by Romare Bearden and Mickalene Thomas and begin by experimenting with collage materials, designing abstract and geometric compositions. Students investigate pictorial space and learn how to create perspective by making a foreground, middle ground, and background. Students use a variety of materials, incorporating photographs, and patterned and textured paper. Masterworks are studied to further expand students understanding of materials, figure, movement, composition, and narrative.

Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy. R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy. W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy. SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy. SL.6.3 Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy. SL.6.4 Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats,including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Project In Action:

Visualize Collage Art-Making In Your Classroom, View The Unit 2 Project In Action

Lesson Plans:

Daily Agenda

View the Story Studio daily agenda.

Unit 2 Lesson Plan 1

Students will look at images provided by the teacher and draw a picture of what they predict happens next in the story.

Unit 2 Lesson Plan 2

Through listening to a recorded story, students will determine the beginning, middle, end, and collaborate on creating a tableaux.

Unit 2 Lesson Plan 3

Through describing an important place and/or event, students will brainstorm and think about sensory details creatively through postcard art.

Unit 2 Lesson 4

Students will learn about the elements of a storyboard and begin to brainstorm ideas for their own stories.

Unit 2 Lesson 5

Students brainstorm story ideas and will be able to identify the elements of a storyboard (character, setting, actions, details, and sequence) in their story.

Unit 2 Lesson 6

Students will begin working on collaging their three panel storyboard by adding the background.

Unit 2 Lesson 7

Students will continue to work on their collage and will begin to identify the elements (perspective, composition, foreground, background) in their storyboard.

Unit 2 Lesson 8

Students add characters and details to their storyboard collages and will complete the project.

Unit 2 Lesson 9

Students will participate in an in-class sharing and gallery walk and share their stories with their classmates.

Assessment Tool:

Download UAP's Research in Action Dialogue (RAD) Assessment Tool

Video Tutorials:

Student Artwork:

Resources:

Unit Overview:

Students will learn how to create and perform an oral story. By looking through their portfolio of work and collecting performance based skills, students will understand what makes a good story, what message they want to share, and the best way to convey their goals to an audience. Students will be introduced to performance skill building through theater techniques, storytelling games, and memorization. Additionally, students will spend time reflecting on the process of their peers, analyzing student learning and developing the ability to speak critically of the work of their peers and professional storytellers. Through building and performing a story, students will gain fluency through deep knowledge rather than memorization, adjust speaking styles based on their audience and subject matter, and make sophisticated observations about the work of others.

Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Project In Action:

Lesson Plans:

Daily Agenda

View the Story Studio daily agenda.

Unit 3 Lesson Plan 1

Students will learn what is storytelling.

Unit 3 Lesson 7

Students will organize their story so they can tell it from memory without memorizing.

Unit 3 Lesson 8

Students will build their stories for the Story Giants performance.

Unit 3 Lesson Plan 2

Students will learn various storytelling techniques and hone their performance skills.

Unit 3 Lesson Plan 3

Students will devise stories out of storyboard images.

Unit 3 Lesson Plan 4

Students will learn the structure for their storytelling performances.

Unit 3 Lesson Plan 5

Students will engage in peer to peer critique while building their stories.

Unit 3 Lesson Plan 6

Students will refine their stories and begin making the transition from reading their stories to telling them.

Assessment Tool:

Download UAP's Research in Action Dialogue (RAD) assessment tool

Student Artwork:

Resources:

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