Storyboard Templates

By Anna Warfield

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What is a Template?

Templates originate from builders and other craftsman who made forms and molds to serve as guides for shaping materials. Templates have since expanded to include document formatting, along with many other uses like printing and sewing. A template is a pre-formatted guide that can be used again and again. Blank templates for graphic organizers are especially useful because you do not need to recreate the same thing over and over, and they can be used for many purposes.

Basic Storyboard Template

The storyboard is usually a sequence of images in linear order to show the progression of a story. For basic storytelling, including narration, animation, and film, a straightforward template is all that is needed. Add in title and description boxes and cells as needed for the desired length and complexity.

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Templates for Educator Editions

Here at Storyboard That, we have found that our storyboard software is great for all sorts of activities in the classroom! A great place to start with students is with a ready-made template. Templates can be as basic or as detailed as you want. For a vocabulary assignment, you might just need a blank Frayer Model, but templates can also be partially completed storyboards. There are plenty of storyboard layouts to pick from to tailor to your lesson! Sometimes it is even helpful to put instructions directly into a storyboard that all students start with!

Start from Scratch!  

Students can easily use your templates to start an assignment. You save time by setting up the storyboard as you want it, with or without a completed example, and then allow students to hit the ground running! They will not have the ability to edit your original template, just make a copy of it into their own account to edit and complete.

Students cannot change your template, so there will be no issues with a student saving over the template. You can easily access your templates from your dashboard. Click "My Storyboards" and use the navigation pane on the left side of the Teacher Dashboard.

How to Make Templates for Students

Step 1: Make Storyboard

Create a storyboard according to your specifications. Add text or images, change the number of cells, change the background or text color of title and description boxes, adjust the size of each cell, etc.

Step 2: Save Storyboard

Save your storyboard. While not necessary, it may be worthwhile to name the storyboard with something generic, such as "Vocabulary Frayer Model" or "Character Map". You can also add "Template" to the title if you wish.

Step 3: Convert Storyboard

After you create and save the storyboard you want to use as a template, look below the storyboard for the "Convert Storyboard to Template" button. It looks like this:

Save as Template

Seriously, it IS that easy.

You can make your own templates from a blank storyboard, but we also have a few templates already! Storyboard That has several storyboard templates for different activities. Click "Create a Copy". Make any changes you want, such as changing the background color or adding cells, click "Save", and click "Convert Storyboard to Template".

Use a storyboard template in the classroom for student activities, either printed out as worksheets or as an online activity. Add a template to an Assignment on Storyboard That for students to use as a starting point through the Teacher Dashboard. Having a template ready to go for student activities helps save time on the student creation end and helps with modifications for different learners. Any storyboard can be printed out to be used as a blackline template for copying purposes. Check out some of the print options - you may be surprised by all of the options we offer!

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