Category Archives: Storyline Planning

The Red Bicycle: An ELD Storyline

Our last ELD Storyline for the year was based on the book, The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella. Leo, the main character in the first part of the story, outgrew his beloved bicycle: Big Red. The bike shop owner in his town encourages Leo to donate Big Red to Burkina Faso where bikes are high demand. In Burkina Faso, we meet new characters who love Big Red as much as Leo did.

In the first part of the story, the students become friends of Leo’s who are also purchasing and enjoying their first bikes.  In the second part, the students use their imaginations to tell important stories about the new lives of their bikes in Africa.  Everyone was actively engaged during this Storyline through research, drama and even a bike ride!

If you’d like to learn more about this Storyline, come to the International Storyline Conference!

This Storyline was written by Colleen Vallerga. I adapted it for ELD.

The Boy Who Loved Words: An ELD Storyline

In The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, the main character, Selig, is a wordsmith. He collects words, and shares them, wherever he goes. The students become wordsmith characters and begin collecting and sharing words as well.

One challenge I have been working through this fall has been integrating ELD Storyline with our district pilot, ELD Wonders. ELD Wonders follows along with what the students are learning in their regular classroom during core reading time. I discovered that when I integrated the vocabulary from ELD Wonders, it made this Storyline even stronger. The ELD Wonders vocabulary words were integrated naturally into the Storyline as “classroom words.”

Oregon ELP standards 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10 were integrated into this ELD Storyline.

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