I learned about using the storyboard technique to teach writing from Linda Rief. I tried this technique immediately upon returning from the conference and am always amazed how great it works.
This technique is perfect for reluctant readers and/ or writers.
The first time I used the storyboard I used the prompt Linda Rief shared in her session – What is the silliest thing you have done?
The directions are for all the students to draw pictures in the boxes to tell their story from beginning to end. These are to be quick sketches with minimal or no words! I remind them they are not in art class. They are using the visual to help them tell the stories. After an alloted time (I use a visible timer to keep them and me on track) the students get in groups of 3. The triad then shares the stories one at a time using the storyboard. This solidifies the fact that prewriting is to be used when drafting. During the sharing time, the 2 listening students are allowed to share if there are questions or places where the story doesn’t make sense. There is usually a lot of laughing during this sharing time. The authors make changes or notes to their drawings. It also allows the authors to do a “verbal draft”. The next step is for everyone to independently write the story. Since the author has already told the story once, the writing comes much easier and more organized. This process also eliminates the excuse of “I don’t know what to write.”
During the reading of a story take the main events and draw a stick person drawing to capture the action. Use important vocabulary only. This technique is mostly about the drawing.
I have modeled this for students with a read aloud several times. I have done the storyboard during the reading of the book and also after. When I taught third grade I was required to have my students use Star Reader tests. The books we did the storyboard with resulted in 100% of the students getting a 100% on the quiz.