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What is a Storytelling Template?

A storytelling template is a blank canvas that anyone can use to plan out a story, narrative, or summary. Storyboard That’s storytelling templates come in a variety of formats and layouts, so that users are certain to find what they are looking for.

The best part about our storytelling templates is that they are easy to copy, use, and customize. They are versatile, fun, and engaging for all ages.

When to Use a Storytelling Template

There are many ways to use a storytelling template both in and out of the classroom. Check out some of our suggestions below:

Storytelling Templates in the Classroom

Students can use our storyboard format templates in all areas of education. Spending time planning before writing is very beneficial for all subjects. Here are just a few ways storytelling templates can be used in the classroom:

  • Create a plot diagram or a summary of the full story
  • Retell the sequence of events in a chapter or part of a story
  • Outline and plan a story
  • Map out a personal narrative
  • Retell the story of someone’s life for a biography project
  • Use a timeline template to retell an important event in history
  • Visualize the steps of a math problem
  • Write a math in real life story with pictures and words
  • Illustrate the water cycle in a story format
  • Show cause and effect or compare and contrast in any subject

Storytelling Templates for Adults

Our storytelling framework isn’t just for kids! With our templates, adults are able to:

  • Write a brand story that is sure to inspire and delight a target audience
  • Organize complex ideas
  • Plan a memoir
  • Recall and write a story about important memories and events.
  • Create social stories for kids or students
  • Map out a business plan

The opportunities that storytelling templates provide for more stories are truly endless. The only limit is your imagination!

Why Use a Storytelling Template?

In education, the storyboard outline helps students focus on organization and creativity, making writing a good story easier than ever. Having a template already started for them, students are less likely to draw a blank or have trouble beginning. The storytelling framework is the perfect tool for planning out a story using images, dialogue, and text. Students will be able to write compelling stories in no time!

In the business world, storytelling templates are crucial when it comes to brand storytelling and seeing positive results from your marketing efforts. When it comes to writing and presenting your brand story, Storyboard That is the way to go!

How Do Storytelling Templates Help With Story Structure?

Story structure is extremely important in storytelling. When used correctly, a solid structure helps the writer space out important events in the story flow, so that readers stay interested and wanting more.

Storytelling templates help with story structure because the writer is able to visualize their story, and break it into small parts or sections. With Storyboard That’s easy to customize templates, you can move cells around, add or delete cells with ease, copy scenes and text, and really plan your story with ease.

How to Use a Storytelling Template


Copy a Template

Find a template you want to use and click “copy template”. If you are logged in, you will be directed to the storyboard creator. If you are not logged in, you will be directed to do so or to set up an account.


Save Your Storyboard

Once you are in the creator, you will be prompted to give your storyboard a name. Be sure to choose something that clearly states what your project is.


Customize Your Storyboard Layout

Make any changes to the template layout that you would like. Some changes may include:

  • Adding or removing cells
  • Customizing text, including adding text boxes
  • Changing the cell layout
  • Adding or removing title and/or description boxes
  • Adding characters, scenes, symbols, or other artwork

Let Creativity Begin!

Have fun creating your story, narrative, summary, or even your brand story! Once you have completed your storytelling template, there are so many options:

  • Download as a high resolution image
  • Download as a PDF
  • Print out your storyboard sheet
  • Turn it into a slideshow
  • Make it into a book using our book maker
  • Present it on a large screen!

What are the Different Types of Storytelling Templates?

Storyboard That offers tons of different types of storytelling templates for you to keep as is, or customize to fit your needs. Some of these types include:

  • Plot diagrams that include exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
  • Beginning, middle, and end templates that can be customized to have as many cells as you’d like.
  • Chart templates that can be used for a specific chapter when retelling a part of the book or writing a part of a book.
  • Storyboard timeline templates that include dates and a chronological view of the story.
  • T charts that help organize two or more events or parts of the story.
  • SWBST charts to help you determine the main character, what the character wants, what the problem is, how the problem was solved, and what the resolution was.

Don’t see the type of template that you had in mind? You can make your own from scratch! Simply create a new storyboard, give it a name, and click on the “layout” button at the top of the right hand menu. You can choose from many different layouts such as: traditional, circle map, spider map, t-chart, chart, timeline, or a grid. You can add titles and descriptions, and as many cells as you need. Making your own is simple and fun!

Why Use Storyboard That?

Storyboard That is the perfect tool for novel lesson plans and activities because it's so easy to use and extremely versatile. With Storyboard That, you can create a wide variety of storyboards such as the story from the main character's perspective, or any other character's point of view.

You can also use Storyboard That to create a summary of the book, a movie poster, or analyze themes and events. Plus, our printable worksheets make it easy to take the fun offline.

Why is Storyboarding a Great Method of Teaching?

Storyboarding is an incredibly powerful tool for educators because it helps students process and understand the information in a deep, meaningful way. When students storyboard, they are actively engaged in the learning process and can make connections between the text and their own lives.

Storyboards also promote higher-level thinking by encouraging students to synthesize information and think critically about what they have read. Finally, storyboards are a great way to assess student understanding because they provide a visual representation of student learning.

Have an idea for a new template? Want to contribute one of yours? Email!

Frequently Asked Questions about Storytelling Templates

What is a storyboard outline or a storytelling template?

A storyboard outline, also known as a storytelling template, is a blank template that writers can use to plan out their story. It serves as a storytelling framework to help organize story ideas, events, and the writer's thoughts.

What is the best storyboard format?

While the traditional rows and columns storyboard format is the most widely used for storytelling outlines, any format or layout will suffice! It really just depends on what best suits your needs.

Why use storyboards to plan, summarize, or present?

Storyboarding your great story or if you are retelling a story is useful for so many reasons! First, storyboards help you organize your thoughts into sections. Second, you can use images and words, or one or the other to convey your ideas and make planning a breeze. Finally, storyboarding helps bring your story to life and engages others to want to learn more about your wonderful ideas!

What is a brand story?

A brand story is the narrative of your brand, or business, as seen by others, mainly existing customers and potential customers. Brand stories include its mission, the history of the company and how it came to be, and other things about the company and its people that make it unique. The goal of a brand story is to engage, inspire, and let others know what your business is truly about.

Can I print the storytelling templates?

Yes, you can! You can customize any of our templates and print them out as a storyboard worksheet for your students to work on offline.

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