Teaching TV: Television as a Story Teller Lesson Plan


Level: Grades 1 to 6

Author: This lesson, by Elizabeth Verrall, has been adapted with permission from the Federation of Women Teachers' Association of Ontario (FWTAO) Curriculum Insert 1994 Vol. 12 No. 5. Toronto, Ontario, May/June 1993.

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


This lesson is one of a five-part unit that provides teachers with ideas for teaching TV in the elementary classroom. In this lesson, students explore the ways in which television tells stories.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • understand that media products can tell a story
  • recognize that characters, mood, setting and plot are part of a media story
  • tell or re-tell a story using different media
  • appreciate that there are different ways to tell the same story
  • identify television stories
  • compare/contrast TV stories with other stories
  • construct a storyboard

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.