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3 Tips to Help Struggling Students

By Emily Swartz

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When teachers ask me why they should use Storyboard That, one of the first things I say is something along the lines of, “Every student, whether they’re at the top of the class or are struggling a bit, can use and LOVE Storyboard That.” And it’s true - because Storyboard That is so intuitive, it takes just minutes for students of all ages and abilities to understand how to use the application and start creating storyboards!

Even though the Storyboard Creator is so easy to use, some students need a bit more time getting started than others. Below, I provide a few ideas on how to help struggling students use and love Storyboard That!


1. Incorporate Templates to Help Them Get Started

Often times, struggling students just need a push in the right direction and then they take off running on their own! One way to give students a nudge is to create (or start to create) the assigned storyboard - whether that be a plot diagram, vocabulary chart, or timeline - and pass it along to students’ Storyboard That accounts via a Template!

Students can then continue the storyboard by filling in the descriptions, adding pictures to go along with the descriptions you've already written, or a combination of the two!

Check out this example of a character map for The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The teacher has created the storyboard with all of the key characters and filled in the first box as a guide. Then, students can continue to fill in important details about each character within their own Storyboard That accounts. This will not change the original that was created by the instructor - each student will essentially be editing his/her own copy. Cool, huh?!

Romeo and Juliet Character Map
Create your own at Storyboard That Romeo Montague Tybalt Capulet Benvolio Friar Lawrence Prince Escalus Mercutio Juliet Capulet The Nurse Paris Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends: • Young - 16yrs old • Handsome • Romantic • Impulsive • House of Montague • Benvolio and Mercutio Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends: Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends: Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends: Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends: Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends: Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends: Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends: Physical Appearance: Traits: Relatives: Friends:

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2. Utilize Our Lesson Plans for Inspiration

To Kill a Mockingbird Plot Diagram
Create your own at Storyboard That EXPOSITION CONFLICT RISING ACTION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION RESOLUTION The Finch family lives in Maycomb, Alabama. Although it is the 1930s, a time of depression, the family is not struggling. Atticus, the father, is a prominent lawyer. The narrator explains that it is a time of racism and prejudice. A young black man is accused of raping a white woman, and Atticus is asked to defend him. This is not easy; Atticus must overcome the prejudice and preconceptions people of Maycomb have against Tom Robinson. Atticus’ children, Scout and Jem, become a center of attention because their father is representing a black man. Throughout the trial, the children go through tribulations of their own as they learn valuable lessons about justice, commitment, and what is right. Tom is found guilty, and Atticus’s innocent children cannot believe that the people they knew could send an innocent man to the electric chair. One man in particular, Bob Ewell, has made his disapproval of Atticus well known. During the move, he threatened both Atticus, and Tom’s wife, Helen. The children fear he will do something to hurt their father. In the end, Ewell goes after Scout and Jem, instead of Atticus. In the process, their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley, comes to the children's rescue. He grabs Ewell's knife and kills him.