Li’l Stories is a language arts framework that guides students through the collaborative creation and sharing of a visual narrative. We use storytelling as a platform for learning across multiple content areas: by building narratives around the subjects you are covering in class or at home, students are deepening their learning and making the ideas their own. And they love it, are engaged and practice creative thinking, collaborating and expressing themselves.

Part 1: Create and Tell Stories

Li’l Stories combines oral tradition with a visual creative process to engage students in collaborative storytelling. Storyboarding helps students structure their narratives and organize their thinking. Using our Li’l Stories storyboards, students first define their story elements, or inputs, then they collaboratively create the story through drawing and writing. They learn about story elements, story structure and sequencing. After creating their stories, students tell them to their friends or the class. The prioritization of oral language skills builds the foundation for solid literacy skills in the future. Students learn to listen, articulate and communicate their ideas and practice public speaking.

Part 2: Capture and Share Stories

Li’l Stories embraces students living in a connected world, building off trends in online social networking. In order to share our creations, work and ideas with a wider audience online, we need to digitize them. Using our Li’l Stories app, students capture their stories through image and audio. This is another opportunity for students to practice telling their stories. Teachers can upload the students’ stories to the class website for sharing with family and friends online.

Getting Started

Li’l Stories is a natural fit for the classroom, designed to work with most curriculum units or to function as a standalone storytelling unit. Download our starter kit or try one of our lesson plans to get started.

Li’l Stories Starter Kit

Ready to get started? Our free starter kit includes everything you need: Teacher’s Guide, Activity Ideas, Curriculum Map, and Storyboards for Grades K-2 and Grades 1-4. All you need is a printer, 11″ by 17″ sheets of paper and markers.

Li’l Stories Starter Kit

Li’l Stories Labs

Interested in us telling stories with your class? Schedule a Li’l Stories Lab: students engage in the collaborative process of creating and sharing a narrative. Our Labs are tied into a classroom’s curriculum and can have a variety of outcomes.

 Li’l Stories Labs

Lesson Plans

Our sample lesson plans utilize custom materials to guide students through a collaborative story creation process as it fosters critical thinking and analytical skills. The lessons are designed to be taught independently or integrated into an existing curriculum unit.

Lesson Plans

PD Workshops

Need more information? Schedule a Li’l Stories for Educators Workshop at your school. Our professional development workshops introduce classroom teachers and school staff to the Li’l Stories framework and approach to learning.

PD Workshops