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Back to School Narrative with Digital Storytelling

Back to School Narrative with Digital Storytelling


This is an introducation lesson plan to digital storytelling using short narratives as a base for the students' stories. The platform used in this story to create the digital stories is Adobe Spark but many other platforms could be used. It is targeted for 3rd graders. 


This is a first week of school short, personal narrative writing assignment about a summer adventure that will be enhanced by creating a digital story of the writing.

  • Time frame: One week with 30 to 60 minutes set aside to work on the project each day. 
  • Format: Face to face


Background for Teachers


To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of narrative writing and digital storytelling.


Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Step 1 Goals and Outcomes


Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to write a descriptive personal narrative with a clear even sequence. Students will be able to understand how to create a digital story using their personal narrative. 

Success Criteria:

  • Students will write a short personal narrative about a summer activity and then use Adobe Spark to creat a digital story from their narrative. 


Standard: Third grade Wriitng Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Step 2 Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

  • I will being by showing my digital story of how I wrote a short narrative. 
  • We go over our narrative rubric and discuss expectations for their writingl 
  • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of narrative writing and what will be expected for their short story along with knowledge of how to use Adobe Spark and an Adobe Spark account.  

Strategies for Diverse Learners

For my challenged writers, I will let them dictate their short stories and then let other students or aids assist in writing the stories down. Since this will be done at the beginning of the year, I would like the students to be more focused on sharing and experiencing digital storytelling instead of the writing component. Students will also be able to have help with the Adobe Spark creation during Computer time. 

Step 3 - Instruction

Step 3 Instruction


Materials: Writing tools, Chrome book, Adobe Spark account

Motivation:(Building Background) Read aloud of the book Mud by Mary Lyn Ray. Tell about playing in the mud during the summer and let students share what they did this summer (Just a couple word answer. Let them save all the details for later). 

Presentation: Show my Adobe Spark digital story about writing a narrative. Adobe Spark about storytelling Go over the Narrative rubric, especially talking about using descriptive words. 

Practice/Application: (Meaningful activities, interaction, strategies, practice/application, feedback) For this short narrative paper, we will use a topic that all students are familiar with.   “Something I did this summer was ……”.  If students have a hard time thinking of an idea, they can use an idea from a pervious summer.   Give the students 10 to 15 minutes to fill out the narrative writing checklist.  a quick narrative paper with the rubric beside them to remind them of what we are looking for.

On the next two days, give the students enough time to write a quick narrative using their narratie writing checklist as a guide (At this early point in the year, I would not do anything with dialogue). 

The narratives do not need to be perfect, but enough to use as a story board for their digital story telling. Have them share their story with a partner and receive feedback. 

On the next day, start creating their digital stories on Adobe Spark. I would either demonstrate how to create an Adobe Spark video with shared screen or use this instructional video for kids Adobe Spark instructional video for kids  Then let the students create their videos and share them with you. 



Step 4 - Assessments

Step 4 Assessments

Ongoing assessment is happening in this lesson as you check the students narrative writing checklist and rubric that were linked above. 

Peer assessment/feedback is going on as students share ideas and read their narratives before they begin their digital story.

The cumulative assessment is sharing the Adobe Spark video with the class. As the students share their videos, I will have them write down or verbally tell what they liked best about their digital story. After viewing everyones videos, we will brainstorm about all of the positive things we saw in our storytelling and keep that list for the next time.  I have not created a digital storytelling rubric yet but will be making one in the future and will attach it to this lesson plan.