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What Is the Story Arts Challenge?

We are thrilled to share an exciting new storytelling curriculum and a prerecorded  event for you and your students.

This learning experience includes a student-facing mini-series of videos followed by a prerecorded Q&A featuring Booker T Mattison, author, filmmaker and professor of entertainment and media studies at The University of Georgia. The curriculum and event are designed for students in grades two through graduate school and will serve as a powerful way to bring industry professionals and world-class storytelling standards into your classroom.

More About the Curriculum

This learning experience will be useful for teachers who are teaching any of the following:

Character description

Conflict & Resolution

Plot

Digital media (film, animation, graphic design / illustration, etc.)

Imagery and metaphors

Acting

Sequence of events

Dramatic or creative writing

Narrative techniques

Editing and revision

To access this learning experience, you can log onto this Story Arts platform to read the teacher guidance and watch the videos. The curriculum includes flexible modules that take anywhere from 2-3 hours to use in your classroom, and can be used at anytime.   The live virtual event with Booker T. Mattison  was held on December 10th. Classrooms can still complete the lessons, and will watch the previously recorded event with Booker in Lesson 5.

Also, this is the second in a series of eight similar storytelling curricula and events during the school year! Each learning experience will feature an industry professional and will cover topics such as TV screenwriting, how to live emcee an event, storytelling through branding and UX design, and more. For additional information, please subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming Live Events and new courses.

Curriculum

Standards Addressed

Character description

Conflict & Resolution

Plot

Digital media (film, animation, graphic design / illustration, etc.)

Imagery and metaphors

Acting

Sequence of events

Dramatic or creative writing

Narrative techniques

Editing and revision

Introduction

Course Overview
About Your Instructor

Bone Structure Lessons

Lesson 1 - Bone Structure Overview

Lesson 2 - Bone Structure Challenge

Lesson 3 - Story Structure Challenge

Lesson 4 - Crafting Story with Revisions

Lesson 5 - Feedback Review

Live Recording

Discussion on character formation. Student story previews, industry feedback and perspectives.

Course Survey

Course survey and reflection

About Your Instructor

 

Booker T Mattison - Author, Filmmaker and Professor of Entertainment and Media Studies at The University of Georgia

Booker T Mattison is an author, filmmaker, and a professor of entertainment and media studies at the University of Georgia, where Students gain professional-level skills and valuable tools for conceiving what stories are worth telling. Mattison was the screenwriter and director for the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s story “The Gilded Six Bits,” which aired on Showtime. In 2011, he released his second novel, “Snitch,” which received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Mattison’s debut novel “Unsigned Hype” was nominated for a South Carolina Book Award in the Young Adult Category. He is currently working on his third novel “Friendship Village.” Prior to UGA, Mattison taught at the College of New Rochelle, Brooklyn College and Regent and Hampton Universities. Mattison received his Master of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Norfolk State University.