How do you take a story from an idea to a fully realized digital story? Understanding the different aspects of digital stories is important in determining the necessary steps to bringing a short personal story to life. This lesson is focused on getting students to structure to plan a short documentary, around a scripted voiceover narration. By examining the structure of the voiceover script, students will brainstorm ideas for visuals and sounds and will get to create a working storyboard for a digital story. Finally, they will reflect on what skills a documentary makers might need in order to find and create a great story.
You can deliver the four-part lesson, by starting with Let’s Get Real, which is focuses on understanding documentary conventions. Then follow it, with Telling A Real Story, which introduces students to journalistic practice, and then Choosing What Story To Tell, which focuses on finding a narrative structure for information collected through interviews.
This is the last of a series of lessons developed as part of Your Story project, which was funded by the US Department of State, Alumni TIES and World Learning.