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Digital Storytelling: Myth and Legend Creator

      

Back in November I blogged about the Historic Tale Construction Kit.

Thanks to my lovely Twitter network, this morning I discovered another tool for telling traditional stories digitally.

Myth and Legend Creator is an even richer playground!  Elementary and middle school librarians are going to love it!

Storytellers get ten pages to share their stories and may select among a library of characters (some animated), sound effects, backgrounds, and objects, or they may upload their own images. They may scale, rotate, and move objects in front of or behind others. They may narrate by recording audio. They may add text  bubbles and comic bursts. Students will enjoy the impressive sound and image galleries. 

The site also offers a library of supporting content. A how-to section supplies both dramatic and technical advice. What are myths, legends and folktales? offers valuable background relating to story genres. A Myth Map locates stories geographically. Professionally told stories serve as models for young storytellers and may be also used for classroom sharing. Text and related images are also provided for these classic tales. 

The Teachers Resources area includes tools that might be use in and outside the program.  Among them:

  • A guide to using Myths and Legends (18.44 MB, Microsoft Word Document)
    A downloadable word document which contains information on how to use the website and its associated tools.
  • History mapping – skills grid (22.5 KB, XL Spreadsheet)
    This is a skills grid that has been designed to show at a glance which historical skills could be developed by using each of the Myths and Legends.
  • History mapping – content grid (22.5 KB, XL Spreadsheet)
    A content grid designed to show at a glance the content areas within the programmes of study at Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three History to which each of the Myths and Legends could be linked. In some cases the link is very clear. In others it is a little more tenuous.
  • Lesson ideas for using 10 of the stories in History (56 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
    This document outlines how 10 of the stories can be used within the History curriculum. The resource has been developed for myths and legends by Alf Wilkinson www.burntcakes.com
  • My local myth or legend (55 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
    Lesson plan based on pupils investigating and creating a local myth or legend.
  • How to use Movie Maker 2 (2.04 MB, Microsoft Word Document)
    This guide has been produced to assist teachers and students wishing to create their own movies and perhaps use images, sounds and video clips from the E2BN Myths and Legends site and other archives to develop their own stories.
  • Storyboard template (45.5 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
    Myths and legends storyboard template than can be used for preparing animations, making movies or analysing stories.
  • Animating a myth part 1 – the storyboard (53 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
    Lesson plan for using animation in the classroom – in ‘animating a myth part 1′, pupils choose an existing myth on the myths and legends website, analyse the story and then prepare it as a storyboard.
  • Animating a myth part 2 – creating characters & settings (57.5 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
    Lesson plan for using animation in the classroom – in ‘animating a myth part 2′, pupils use the storyboard which they created in ‘animating a myth part 1′ and construct the characters and settings.
  • Animating a myth part 3 – creating the animation (60 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
    Lesson plan for using animation in the classroom – in ‘animating a myth part 3′, pupils use the storyboard which they created in ‘animating a myth part 1′ and the characters and settings produced in ‘animating a myth part 2′ and turn them into a short animation using computer software.

Teachers who register for register for school accounts can manage class logins and approve student work.  A library of more than 553 selected, user-submitted tales is currently available for inspiration and open for student comments.  (The site moderates submitted stories.)

Although the more obvious connection here is language arts, storytelling, of course, belongs everywhere in the curriculum!

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Comments

  1. What a great way to capture student’s interest in their stories!

  2. Wow, I really liked this site. We are always looking for different ways for the teachers to utilize our computer labs in the elementary, and this would definitely help to generate student interest in creating their own stories.

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