Category Archives: Storyline Characters

It’s An Ant’s Life: An ELD Storyline

Our most recent ELD Storyline was based on the book, It’s an Ant’s Life by Steve Parker. The students became worker ants in our colony. In role as their characters, the students responded to many incidents. Below you will find a picture of the flood and the swarm. All 10 of Oregon’s ELP standards were included in this Storyline.


The Big Orange Splot: An ELD Storyline

“My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.”

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater.

This ELD Storyline is based on the book, The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. Mr. Plumbean, the main character in the book, lives on a street where everything is the same. The students become the neighbors of Mr. Plumbean on this very boring street. One day, Mr. Plumbean has a change of heart and decorates his house in a crazy fashion. His neighbors, while initially upset, follow suit and change their own houses to fit their dreams. Oregon’s ELP standards are integrated into this ELD Storyline in a fun, engaging way.

Apple Pie: An ELD Storyline

We just finished an ELD Storyline is based on the book, How to Make an Apple Pie and see the World by Marjorie Priceman. The main character in the book, whom we’ve named Lucy, decides she wants to make an apple pie. She goes to the market in order to get her ingredients and discovers that it’s closed! Therefore, she decides to travel around the world to collect the freshest possible ingredients for her pie. Upon Lucy’s request (and a promise of some delicious apple pie at the end), the students become travel agent characters in order to assist her on journey. Once Lucy finishes her trip, she mails her travel agents some apple pie in order to thank them for all their hard work. 

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The Giant of Thistle Mountain: An ELD Storyline

I adapted this Storyline for ELD from one written by the Global Storyline Project in Glasgow, Scotland. It tells the story of a giant who wants to fit in with the residents of the nearby village. It’s a drama-based Storyline, meaning the drama drives the story. The students participate in the story — and therefore in the drama activities — through the eyes of their village characters (e.g., baker, police officer, etc.). When different incidents occur (for example, when the giant eats all the baker’s cupcakes) the students respond to the incidents by doing a drama activity while role-playing as their village characters. All 10 ELP standards are covered in this ELD Storyline.

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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark: An ELD Storyline

I recently finished an ELD Storyline based on The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. In the story, a baby barn owl named Plop is initially afraid of the dark. Throughout the story, he meets many different characters who eventually convince Plop that the dark is great.

All 10 of the Oregon ELP standards were integrated into this ELD Storyline.

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