The Starry Night Mural from the Living Art Museum Storyline

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

Welcome to Colleen Vallerga’s Storyline® Resources for Teachers

Scottish Storyline Overview

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 printed form or in PDF format.

1.  Classroom Storyline Outlines

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

      The Red Bicycle by Colleen Vallerga

      Weslandia by Colleen Vallerga  

     Circus Olympus by Colleen Vallerga 

      My Heart is a Compass by Colleen Vallerga   

      Old Rock by Colleen Vallerga

      Picture Writing With Eric Carle by Colleen Vallerga   

      Rewilding by Colleen Vallerga           

2.  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.

      The Honeybee Man by Colleen Vallerga and Caitlin Vallerga

      Apple Pie by Colleen Vallerga and Caitlin Vallerga

      The Land of Fairytales by Colleen Vallerga

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.  

3.  Storyline Manuals

The Storyline manuals contain a comprehensive outline, similar to the Storyline outlines listed above. 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, posttests, etc.

The Living Art Museum by Colleen Vallerga

Gabriella’s Song by Colleen Vallerga

Knights of the Round Table by Colleen Vallerga

The People of the Longhouse by JJ Howard and Colleen Vallerga

Cycles by Colleen Vallerga

Voices from the Rainforest by Colleen Vallerga

It takes curricular knowledge, creativity, 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


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