CREATING A STORYMAP

"Placed-based storytelling enables a connection between the past and the present that enriches both; enriches our understanding of both. Not only in terms of how we view them, but especially in terms of how we use both the past and the present to guide us into the future."
~ Elizabeth Lay, Historiographer, Teacher (interview source : Center for Locative Media)

Example of a StoryMap           Project Rubric

 

  

 Choose a story that matters to you. 

Your story should have 8-10 locations and you should be able to identify the locations by an address.

Have these addresses ready.

  

Choose one of the following online mapping tools: Community WalkWayfaring or Google Maps

View the GoogleMaps tutorial.

See direction for using Community Walk below:

 

  Example: Directions for using Community Walk:

1) Go to http://www.communitywalk.com Register for a login

2) Fill in your story location under "Create a Map" (ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC ). Click "Get Started". Give your StoryMap a title. Once your map appears, you can make it smaller or larger with the control panel on the left.

3) Click "Add Marker" (see top of page) to add place markers  for each of your 8-10 locations. In the description area of the marker, write your memory of that location. Hint: It would be helpful to write your memory on a Word document first so that you can check for spelling. Remember- this is a story so your description should be more than "This is the park in my neighborhood". Tell your readers what happened at the park- this step is the most important part of the project. Without interesting vignettes, the project will just be a about pictures and markers. 

4) Once you've saved your memory you will be able to upload pictures of this location. They will be attached to your memory.

5) Be sure to add a project description (top left-hand side of the page).

 

  

When your project is completed click on Share/Explore and "link to this map". 

Save the URL and send it along with your name, school and state to the project coordinator (Brenda Dyck) . 

Brenda will post your project on the Find a Story... Map a Story... Tell a Story student work web site.

Teacher Resources

The following resources will help teachers develop a more in-depth understanding about StoryMapping (Place-based Storytelling) and how it can help facilitate historical and geographical thinking in students.

Time and Place 

Place-based Storytelling

StoryMapping Resources

Curriculum Connections:: Alberta Program of Studies

In My Place video (ColdPlay)

 

 

Alberta Program of Studies Outcomes Relating to this Project

GRADE ONE:

Students will:

1.1.5 distinguish geographic features in their own community from other communities by

exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry:

• What are some familiar landmarks and places in my community?

• Why are these landmarks and places significant features of the community?

• What are some differences between rural and urban communities?

• Where is my community on a map or on a globe?

GRADE TWO:

2.1.3 investigate the cultural and linguistic characteristics of an Inuit, an Acadian and a prairie

community in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry:

• What are the cultural characteristics of the communities (e.g., special symbols, landmarks,

languages spoken, shared stories or traditions, monuments, schools, churches)?

GRADE FOUR:

Students will:

4.1.2 examine, critically, the physical geography of Alberta by exploring and reflecting upon the

following questions and issues:

• What are the significant natural resources in Alberta, and where are they located (e.g.,

mineral deposits, coal, natural gas and oil, forests)?

4.1.4 analyze how Albertans interact with their environment by exploring and reflecting upon

the following questions and issues:

• In what ways do the physical geography and natural resources of a region determine the

establishment of communities?

GRADE FIVE:

Students will:

5.1.1 value Canada’s physical geography and natural environment:

• appreciate the variety and abundance of natural resources in Canada

5.1.3 analyze how people in Canada interact with the environment by exploring and reflecting

upon the following questions and issues:

• In what ways do natural resources and the physical geography of a region determine the

establishment of communities?

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CREATED BY:

BRENDA DYCK, 2007