5th Graders Tell Stories Inspired by Jazmin’s Notebook

5th grade classes participated in a week-long Li’l Stories Lab. Students used central themes from Nikki Grimes’ Jazmin’s Notebook to produce stories that explore possible solutions to a central problem. They worked in pairs to illustrate two opposing outcomes. They wrote scripts for both results and then captured each story through image and audio using iMovie, resulting in a video that they can share. Here are students’ stories from December of 2018:

Stories from 501 (Mrs. Linares and Mrs.Quinones’ class)

Abubacar and Owen

Anthony and Bryant

Christopher and Justyn

Fatima, Erianne and Genesis

Jayden and Mahamadou

Jayla and Jayden

Juan and Aiden


Sayd and Jermaine

Wesley and Joshua

Saleh and Armon

Sanaa and Mia

Stories from 502 (Mrs. Linares and Mrs.Quinones’ class)

Elijah and Julian

Hayden and Johan

Jeanely and Jaeda

Jeffrey and Elaboubacar

Julliet and Mamoudou

Neron and Preston

Nia and Sarah

Wilsin and Zahshif

Kanniah and Soleil

Youssif and Ruben

Li’l Stories Lab: Jazmin’s Notebook

Subject: Literacy, Writing
Target Skills: Fictional story development; Critical thinking; Digital literacy
NYS Standards: ELA.RL.5.2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. ELA.W.5.3.A: Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. ELA.W.5.3.E: Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events. ELA.W.5.6: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
Goals: Students will understand the central themes in the book Jazmin’s Notebook by Nikki Grimes and be able to generate original stories that explore possible solutions and outcomes to a main problem.
Outcome: Visual storyboards, written narrative, story videos