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  1. 1. Breaking Down a Shakespearean Play with Storyboards Presented By: Rebecca Ray, Resident Teacher at Storyboard That and Aaron Sherman, Creator of Storyboard That
  2. 2. Agenda • Digital Storytelling with the Five Act Structure [10-15 Minutes] • Incorporated elements of using • Storyboarding Essentials of Characterization [10-15 Minutes] • Three pre-made examples of how to enhance the importance of characters to a plot • Exploring Shakespearean play genres. Using storyboarding to depict elements of a tragedy [10-15 Minutes] • Examples from my own classroom of Digital storytelling 50 lines at a time [Time Permitting 5 Minutes] • Wrap up- Question and Answers with Rebecca and Aaron [10 Minutes]
  3. 3. The Five Act Structure aka Plot Diagram • The five act structure can be overlaid on a traditional “Plot Diagram” • After Presenting this it is a natural flow into creating a 6 cell summary of a book or play • Read More at cles/education/plot-diagram
  4. 4. Creating a Six Cell Summary • After introducing the plot diagram show a 6 cell template • It also helps to model a completed storyboard so that students can visually see what is expected of them • You can customize the templates any way you like. I prefer to give them the exposition because they are all going to be the same. However, each of them may have differing conflicts, rising action, climax, and falling action
  5. 5. Storyboarding Essentials of Characterization • Enhance students deeper understanding of the importance of characters to a plot! 1.Character traits/explanations- As a Worksheet! 2.Tragic/Antihero/Hero 3.Foil Characters Essential Questions •Why is Characterization Important? •Why are Characters Important to a work of Literature? •Why do we study characters? •What can we learn from characters?
  6. 6. •Character Explanation Map • Teachers can create their own work sheet for characters and pass the out before starting the text. • Students can fill these out continuously as part of a reading strategy. • Having character images
  7. 7. Understanding the Hero / Antihero/ or Tragic Hero • Using a template such as this, a teacher can develop students understanding of the protagonist as: • Hero • Antihero • Tragic Hero • During the introduction to the unit it is helpful to frontload these terms so students can familiarize themselves before starting this activity.
  8. 8. Shakespearean Play are full of Foils…! • Common Core Standards: • Interpret a literary work by analyzing how the author uses literary elements (e.g., mood, tone, point of view, personification, symbol). • Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events) • Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  9. 9. Exploring Shakespearean Play Genres Using storyboarding to depict elements of a tragedy. • Read more at • • 50018326
  10. 10. Showing the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Before: Again, using a template to set the students up for success. Allows them to use their own creativity but still find and explain the necessary elements to convey comprehension. After: Finished products will vary! It is truly amazing watching the transformation of a blank canvas into a meaningful and educational lesson.
  11. 11. My Favorite Lesson – 50 Lines of Shakespeare! After each act of a play I assign my students 50 consecutive lines; each students getting a random line card. • Requirements for Creating their Master Pieces • They must come up with a witty, unique, and true Title for their storyboard • Storyboards must be between 3-6 cells • The Storyboard must contain at least 2 direct quotes, other than that students may paraphrase, use thought bubbles to express a character's inner dialogue, use modern language, or employ other means of expression as long as it stays true to the scenes meaning and tone. • Students must also use boxes for explanation (I use one for every cell however students are allowed to use their best judgment). Requirements for Presenting Their Master Pieces •Students will present at the end using the interactive whiteboard, and follow the directions: •Start by stating a twitter summary of your 50 lines (140 characters or less) •Read the direct quotes and explain each cell •Pick an artistic element or something new that you learned about StoryboardThat and share with the class •Explain if you liked or disliked the activity and back it up with a reason why
  12. 12. Caesar in the Classroom • My bulletin board is the wall of fame! Each week I pick through the best storyboards and present them under the act we finished. • The students, staff, and administrators love to see the students’ art work! • I love it because it looks like a million bucks and my bulletin board is the envy of the hall!
  13. 13. Student Example: Severed Cinna • The value of Storyboarding! • Reinforcing ideas that have already been learned • Developing strength and pride in students during presentations of storyboards • Visual aids are best practices for all students • Activity that can accommodate multiple intelligences • A proven fact is that art improves motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork • It is a form of expression that is great for everyone • IT’S FUN
  14. 14. Questions? • Thank you!!! • You can contact us at • Rebecca: • Aaron:
  15. 15. Appendix
  16. 16. Complete Romeo and Juliet Five Act Structure
  17. 17. Complete Romeo and Juliet As a Tragedy