Exploring the Story Arc
Watch “Monkey’s Quest To Banana Island” by Lily123
This kid-created cartoon is a great example of a Story Arc that can help students start to think about the scenes and parts of a story. You can watch the cartoon online or find it in Toontastic by searching for Lily123 on ToonTube.
2 Direct Instruction
Together, discuss and analyze the Story Arc of "Monkey's Quest To Banana Island"
Begin by looking at the Story Arc in Toontastic:
- The Setup introduces the characters and story setting
What happens in the Setup scene of “Monkey’s Quest To Banana Island”?
- The Conflict creates a problem for the main character
What problem did Monkey face in the Conflict scene?
- The Challenge makes the problem even more difficult
How did Monkey’s problem get even more complicated in the Challenge scene?
- The Climax is where the main character solves the problem
How did the characters address the problem in the Climax scene?
- The Resolution is where you show that the problem has been settled
How did Lily123 show that the problem was solved in the Resolution scene?
3 Guided Practice
Plan a story using the Toontastic Storyboard Template and Notability
Open the Toontastic Storyboard Template PDF in Safari on your iPad, then select "Open in.. Notability" to import it into Notability. Our Storyboard Template is a graphic organizer that helps kids plan their cartoons before diving into animation.
Encourage kids to use the Storyboard Template as a jumping off point by choosing the main settings and characters for their stories, then writing a few sentences describing each of the scenes in their cartoons. Finally, kids can add the Scene Type (Setup, Conflict, etc.) and Emotion of each scene. It's okay if kids don't completely fill out the planning worksheet - it's designed to help them articulate their ideas and develop a clear Story Arc.
4 Independent Practice
Animate your stories using Toontastic
Use the Story Arc in Toontastic to animate the stories you drafted. Remind kids to look back at their Storyboard Template if they get stuck as they animate their cartoons. Allow a few minutes at the end for kids to title their cartoons and add their names as directors.
Upload your cartoon to ToonTube and add it to your Notability document as a web clip
Upload cartoons to your ToonTube account, approve them online for sharing, and note their URLs. Next, open your Notability planning document, add a page, and import your Toontastic cartoon as a webclip.
If desired, students can write a summary or reflection of their cartoons on the last page of their Notability documents. Finally, share cartoons with friends and families!