Digital Storytelling–Final Assignment

Dr. Travis

English Studies in the Digital Age

Final Assignment: Digital Storytelling

For the final assignment this semester, we will be using digital storytelling techniques in order to address an issue, problem, or topic that we have tackled this semester. Rather the conventional research paper, we will be using multimodal techniques, including audio/visual, sound, text, and/or voice to examine your chosen topic and to express point of view. The digital story should consider these elements:

Point of View: what is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author/maker? What is the question you are addressing? Is it self-evident or something that requires investigation? What is the content of your story? Does it have enough emotional and/or compelling content? How will you use sound, voice, or a soundtrack? What elements do you need to include and why? Is the story paced well? Does it have a dramatic arc—does it start somewhere and end somewhere else? What is the overall purpose of the story? Who is your audience? Will you be doing interviews? How will you conduct them (please be sure to ask for verbal consent and tell your subject what they are consenting to)? What tool will you use (imovie, moviemaker, storify, and so on)?

Aim for 2.5-3 minutes, but no more than 5. Economy is key.

Reflection Post:

You will also be writing a reflection post on your blog that looks at some of the following:

How did your work on the digital story promote your analysis of the topic?

How did it help you make sense of the problem, topic, experience, or subject?

How did it promote or complicate your use of technology or your media skills?

What problems or obstacles did you encounter and how did you overcome them?

How did this alternative to written-based project work ask you to think about the topic or question differently or promote critical thinking?

How well do you think the story worked? You can address structure, engagement, emotional or argument arc, or any of the other qualities of story.

Digital Story Rubric


  Grade A Range Grade B Range Grade C Range
The Story There is a clear focus and purpose There is some attempt to create a focus and purpose There is limited attempt to create a focus and purpose
Use of images and media The images and media create an atmosphere or tone that matches the story The images and media create an atmosphere or tone for some points of the story There is limited use of images and media to create an atmosphere or tone
Economy The story is told with exactly the right amount of detail throughout The story requires more detail in some sections The story requires a lot more detail
Emotional content and story arc The story clearly demonstrates engagement with the emotions of the creator and considers audience and the emotional/argumentative arc of the story The story demonstrates engagement in some sections with the emotions of the creator or arc of the story The story has limited engagement with the emotions of the creator and has no arc

Blog Post

The creator has clearly reflected on the experience The creator has reflected on some of the experience The creator shows limited reflection on the experience


Dates to remember:

April 6: Blog Post on digital story—storyboard, tool, topic, outline. Getting started!

April 12: Individual Workshop Date. We will not be meeting in person on this date; this is an opportunity for you to work on your project. Use this time wisely.

April 20th: In class workshop. Bring in part or whole of your digital story to share and receive feedback.

April 24: Digital stories are due today. Reflection Post is due today. Presentations begin today.

April 27-May 1: Presentations of digital stories.

I will email your digital story evaluations to you. Please provide your preferred email address (I will collect these in class).