ELL/ESL Aids: Visual storytelling through StoryboardThat.com


StoryboardThat.com is an award-winning Web site which provides customizable comic strips and other visuals.

The site contains hundreds of lesson plans and comic strip templates, including those for English language learners (ELL) and special education. There are many lesson plans for fictional works, including:

  • plot diagrams (exposition, major conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution).
  • character maps
  • cause and effect and text connections
  • literary conflicts
  • making predictions
  • visual vocabulary boards

There are also social stories especially for special education students.

All comic strips can be customized as desired. A free version allows 2 storyboards a week, and there is also a free two-week fully functional teacher trial which doesn’t require a credit card.


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