Story Tools

From the makers of Story Box Library.

Create some storytelling magic in your learning space today!

Story Tools is the game-changing creative writing toolkit you need. Inspiring kids to confidently create their own stories, this innovative program will help them find their spark.

Story Tools is a fun and innovative creative writing resource. Our videos feature 36 of Australia’s most visionary, award-winning and popular children’s book creators. These experts deliver the lesson content, and our accompanying downloadable educator resources, including lesson plans and worksheets, providing a detailed and engaging lesson.

Story Tools caters for Middle and Upper primary students (Y3-6). However, budding writers can be found anywhere! 

Story Tools can be utilised by literacy coordinators, librarians, tertiary and vocational educators, and families.

Story Tools is ideal for use:

  • In Library programs,
  • With assisting families to support their children’s learning,
  • As example resources for budding educators and librarians, as well as serving as a guide for scaffold learning and curriculum building.

Series 1  helps middle and upper primary school students master foundational storytelling mechanics, via educator-friendly short video tutorials. Series 1 covers genre, character development, creative inspiration and more!

Key Concepts:

  • Finding inspiration and getting started.
     
  • Story development, including character building, plot, genre and editing.
     
  • Visual storytelling, including illustration and picture books.
     
  • Importance of reading stories aloud.

Series 1 Creators:

  • Anna Walker
  • Ben McKenzie
  • David Booth
  • Davina Bell
  • George Ivanoff
  • Karys McEwen
  • Lili Wilkinson
  • Mat Larkin
  • Melissa Keil
  • Jane Godwin
  • Nicki Greenberg
  • Nova Weetman

Series 2 includes lessons on fiction books, graphic novels, building a picture book and more!

Key Concepts:

  • Story inspiration, memorable characters and writing styles.
     
  • Graphic storytelling, including comics, illustration styles and book covers.
     
  • Non-fiction research and development.
     
  • Story publishing and performance.

Series 2 Creators:

  • Adam Wallace
  • Ailsa Wild
  • Andrew McDonald
  • Bernard Caleo
  • Claire Saxby
  • Heidi McKinnon
  • Jess McGeachin
  • Jess Racklyeft
  • Mandy Ord
  • Sasha Beekman
  • Scott Edgar
  • Susannah Chambers
  • Valanga Khoza

Series 3 covers storytelling mechanics such as how to use story conflict, how to write endings, choosing a character voice, and more!

Key Concepts:

  • The different kinds of story conflict and using these to plan a story.
     
  • Crafting engaging plot twists and story surprises.
     
  • Visual story planning tools such as sketching and storyboarding.
     
  • Setting aside a time and place for reading and ways of creating a dedicated book nook.

Series 3 Creators:

  • Aska
  • James Foley
  • Emily Gale
  • Leanne Hall
  • Elise Hurst
  • Shirley Marr
  • Tamala Shelton
  • Shaun Tan
  • Campbell Whyte
  • Meg Mckinlay
  • Anna McGregor
  • Kirli Saunders
  • Ben McKenzie

How many lessons are there?
We have 3 series. 12 comprehensive resource packs in each. That’s 36 detailed lessons! 

What are some examples of some lessons I could expect to see?
S1L1: Story Sparks – Features authors, George Ivanoff and Nova Whitman, sharing tips on how they gain story inspiration from the world around them.
S2L5: Heroes and Villains  - Adam Wallace and Bernard Caleo talk about what makes a captivating hero and villain, and why these types of characters are found in SO many stories. 
S3L8 - Stories Without Words - Let Shaun Tan and Elise Hurst share the amazing world of picture books, teaching us about communicating a narrative without the use of text, and some of the techniques that visual storytellers draw upon when crafting their wordless stories.

What can I expect in a series?

  • The first four lessons (episodes 1-4) focus on story craft and writing tools
  • The next lesson (episode 5) is a closer look at elements of character development.
  • Then we have two lessons (episodes 6-7) on illustration, covering both narrative illustration creation and the ‘visual literacy’ elements of understanding and engaging with visual stories.
  • The following 3 lessons (episodes 8-10) explore story forms such as wordless fiction, zines and audio fiction. 
  • And finally, our last 2 lessons (episodes 11-12) we have lessons which provide some ‘behind the scenes’ publishing secrets, and lessons which are designed to allow kids to explore reading and expand their reading knowledge and tastes. 

Who is Story Tools suitable for?
Story Tools caters for Middle and Upper primary students (Y3-6). However, budding writers can be found anywhere! Story Tools can be utilised by classroom teachers, literacy coordinators, librarians, tutor teachers, teacher support officers, and families who want to support their children’s learning.

How does Story Tools scaffold learning?
In each lesson, resources have been carefully designed to build on skills and promote students to move through the lessons at their pace.  Within the series we scaffold some of the bigger ideas. For example, S1L3: Story Building Blocks, introduces students to the five main elements of story building (Plot, Setting, Character, Problem, Resolution). Then, S1L4: All About Plot or S3L3: Place and Time, break these elements down further and delve into each one in a lot more detail.

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Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
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