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Keywords: Flip Video, media literacy
Subject(s): Art, Video, Social Skills, Writing, Reading, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar
Grades 3 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
View Full Text of Standards
School: Anthony G Bacich Elem School, Kentfield, CA
Planned By: Elizabeth Jackson Espinoza
Original Author: Elizabeth Jackson Espinoza, Daly City
These initial questions will help students brainstorm ideas to help organize a powerful media message that will be documented on you Flip Cameras.

Making Movies
What Makes a Powerful Story?
Important Elements of Storytelling

Every story has a…..
& End

==> Characters- people or subjects of your story.

==> Setting- environment/location where the story takes place.

==> Plot- sequence of events, what happens in your story from beginning to end.

==> Theme- main message to the audience.

Many stories have:

==> Conflict- a problem or disagreement that fuels the plot and needs to be solved.

Develop your story! A powerful story is planned out well….

Story Development

Name_______________________________________________ Date_______________

Directions: Answer the following questions to develop your story.

1. What topic(s) does your story address? _____________________________________


2. What is the main message(s)? What do you hope will happen after someone sees or hears your message?

3. What is the purpose of the message? (There can be more than one purpose)
□ To inform
□ To persuade
□ To entertain
□ To express

4. What do you hope will happen after someone sees or hears your message?

5. Who is the target audience for this media message? Who is this message made for?

6. Describe your audience interest (music, sports, etc…)

7. How will you get your message out to your target audience?

8. Where does the story take place? What will the setting(s) look like?

9. Who are the main characters in this story?

10. What are the main events from beginning to end?




Please see other media literacy lesson plans to add to the digital storytelling curriculum.
Links: Link to media literacy program
Materials: Flip Video, Tripods, Video Tools, Speech and Language