Colleen Vallerga’s Storyline® Resources for Teachers

A student's drawing of Zemphira from the Living Art Museum Storyline

A student’s drawing of Zemphira from the Living Art Museum Storyline

The Scottish Storyline Method is a worldwide innovative approach to learning with proven success over the past fifty years. It was developed by Sallie Harkness, Steve Bell, and Fred Rendell in Glasgow, Scotland 1965.

Storyline is based on the theory that all learning is guided by one’s prior knowledge and experience and that learners construct their own meaning through action and experience.

During a segment of each day, basic skills and curriculum are integrated into a meaningful context within a story. Through key questioning, the students are encouraged to construct their own models of what is being studied before testing them with real evidence and research. The key questions are used in a sequence that creates a context within the framework of a story.

Guided by the key questions, the learners and teacher create a setting, become characters, and solve problems within the context of the story as incidents unfold. A variety of art and craft techniques are employed. Over several months, students are given the opportunity to research, learn and reinforce basic skills in support of the developing Storyline .

Even though the teacher is planning a sequence of activities through the designing of key questions, he or she does not know the details of the content, because these are created by the students. Storyline is about process and not merely about content. Collaborative story making is the heart of Storyline.    -Storyline Scotland

If you are new to the Storyline method and interested in becoming a Storyline teacher, it is important to take a Storyline class to gain an in-depth understanding of the method. Check out the Storyline Design website for class offerings.

Storyline Resources for Teachers

All resources offered on this website respect the integrity of Storyline by weaving story and curriculum together in a meaningful and educationally sound way.

Storyline outlines and Storyline manuals are available on this website.

The Storyline outlines can be purchased in PDF format.

The Storyline manuals can be purchased in a manual or PDF format. Outlines are emailed to the purchaser, once the order is received. Manuals are shipped by USPS.

Storyline Manuals

The Storyline manuals contain a comprehensive outline, similar to the Storyline outlines. In addition to an outline of the Storyline, the manuals also contain an appendix with a calendar for the Storyline, writing/poetry lessons, developed incidents, examples of student work, homework, visuals, post tests, etc.

Classroom Storyline Outlines

The Storyline outlines include episodes, key questions, activities, class organization, resources, standards and assessment. Each outline provides detailed instructions for comprehensive Storyline implementation.

ELD Storyline Outlines

Like the classroom outlines, the ELD outlines present the episodes, key questions, activities, class organization, resources, standards, and assessment. The standards covered in an ELD Storyline differ in that they are primarily language focused.

Note: Teachers can adapt classroom Storylines for ELD use by shifting the curricular focus to a language study. Teachers can adapt ELD Storylines for classroom use by shifting the curricular focus to classroom standards.

It takes curricular knowledge, creative story making ability, Storyline experience, and a substantial amount of time to write a solid Storyline. All this has been done for you in the Storyline manuals and outlines.

Sleeping Gypsy From the Living Art Museum Storyline