Storyline is a learning strategy, first introduced in Scotland in 1965, which has spread throughout the rest of Europe. Initially developed in primary school-settings its use has spread to secondary schools and further education colleges. In Norway it has been used at all three school levels. It is largely student-driven, activating oral and written skills. It requires group work with a high degree of cooperation needed. Students write up individually based upon group-decided criteria. The grand finale is a role-play, but this is optional. Students are extremely creative and active during these lessons and go onto invent some amazing characters and happenings! You can adapt the lesson plans to suit your needs. I made writing frames for weaker students, just get in touch if you would like those. I was first introduced to storyline during my English with Didactics course at HiB. We took part ourselves in our own project. Fun!
Du kan lese om Storyline i Variert undervisning- mer læring av Repstad og Tallaksen (2006), s. 101-102.
Introduction and brain storm - teacher
Group work - discussion, noting down key points. The teacher circulates around the groups and the groups can give an account of their work/ideas verbally. You can make this informal or formal.
Students write up individual texts based on group discussions and decisions.
Can have drawing as an option.
Can have role-play or group presentations as an option too.
In my experience the students love storyline and get really involved. They learn lots of useful vocabulary. Assessment can take the form of written and/or oral.
Some kind of whiteboard/smartboard for brain storming.
Smartboard for introducing the project and læringsmål.
Paper for the groups to scribble down ideas.