A Fun Way to Write from Different Perspectives – Google Story Builder

Being able to look at things from a different point of view requires higher order thinking. This week our high school librarian, Kirsten Zelenky, shared a resource that gives students a fun way to write a conversation from different perspectives and publish it as a video. Based on the idea of collaborating on a Google Doc, Google Story Builder simulates a shared writing experience between up to 10 authors. Click here to see a quick example I made.

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No account is required, so anyone can create a story. Just click the red “Get Started” button, name your characters, and write your story. You can even add music if you wish. When you’re finished, you get a link to share your story online.

There are countless ways Google Story Builder could be used in the classroom. Students can choose characters from a book and write a conversation to continue the story. They could give voices to inanimate objects – maybe a chat between a sphere and a pyramid? They could imagine a debate between historical figures. Just show them the site and let them use their creativity to see what they can do!

Google Story Builder is very easy to use, but if you want more information or would like to see more examples, click here and here to read other blogs posts about this great resource. Thanks again Kirsten, for sending it my way!

 

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