English Language Arts, Secondary English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Assessment
Upper Elementary, Middle School
  • English Language Arts
  • Lesson Plan
  • Narrative
  • Narrative Writing
  • Personal Narrative
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    Education Standards

    Tell Your Digital Story With Adobe Spark

    Tell Your Digital Story With Adobe Spark


    This one week lesson plan outlines daily activities for a lesson using Adobe Spark to create a final digital telling of student's narrative stories they wrote in class. This lesson adds a technical element to the overall lesson and works as an assessment of storytelling digitally and otherwise. 


    This lesson plan is based on the understanding the drafting and revision of the essay has already taken place. 

    This one-week lesson plan will focus on the final draft digital creation of the writing process for a narrative story. The final presentation will be in the form of an Adobe Spark video. This lesson plan begins after the students have completed a written rough draft of their story.

    This lesson could be taught in the face-to-face or virtual classroom.



    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, you will need to know and teach the narrative writing process to the students. The students will pre-write, draft, and edit before this lesson. They will present the digital story in place of a final draft. 

    Students will need access to a Chromebook, ipad, or phone to create their video. You will need to know how to use Adobe Spark and create videos so you can teach the students. 

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning intentions:

    • Students will be able to use Adobe Spark to create a 2 minute video depicting their narrative story. 

    Success Criteria: 

    • Students will create and present their video to the class. 


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of narrative writing and have a completed and edited rough draft.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    • Shorter draft
    • Fewer storyboard squares
    • One minute video vs. a 2 minute video
    • Extra time for each step
    • Work with a partner

    Step 3 - Instruction


    Day 1: 

    Students will complete a storyboard on Chromebooks or Ipads. 

    Day 2:

    • Show videos from the links listed below.
    • Work on slides-insert pictures and text. Video should be 2 minutes
    •         Links:

                       YouTube tutorial: Create Videos Quickly and Easily with Adobe Spark Video  (5 min.)

                        Finished Spark Video from above tutorial: Claudio's finished product


    Day 3: 

    • Add music and edit the video


    Day 4: 

    • Start presentations to the class. Students will evaluate each other's presentations by writing the following on a piece of paper:

              Student presenter.             What worked.                   What could be improved.               Grade. 


    Day 5: 

    • Finish presentations

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Students will assess each other by writing the following on a piece of paper:

              Student presenter.             What worked.                   What could be improved.               Grade. 

    Teacher rubric for the final videos is included below: