Storytelling the Pixar Way Lesson Plan

Storytelling the Pixar Way

Created by Michael Bowman, 3L Place

Applies to:  Creative Expression, Self-Awareness

Purpose: To help members learn how to tell their own stories, both in their lives and through their art.


  • Follow the “Storytelling”” lessons from Pixar & Khan Academy’s “Pixar in a Box” using their video content and modified versions of their activity lessons.
  • Help members gain foundational skills that will help them voice their unique perspectives through multiple expressive modalities.
  • Utilize the lessons to help scaffold executive function demands inherent in the organization of telling a story.

Materials needed:

  • Computer with internet access
  • Modified worksheets (also see worksheets attached below)
  • Markers and Pencils
  • iPad and Smartboard

Activity Steps

  1. Using iPad and Smartboard, go to https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/storytelling and watch the first two video lessons, ”Introduction to Storytelling” & “Your Unique Perspective”, pausing after each for group discussion.
  2. Do “Lesson 1” worksheets.
  3. Share individual work with the group before putting them in binder.

Carrying the Concept Forward

This lesson will provide the foundation for future Pixar-based lessons including:

  • Continuing the “Storytelling” section activities on the Pixar in a Box page: ”What if...?” and “Characters & Worlds”
  • The “Character” section and its activities
  • The “Story Structure” section and its activities
  • The “Visual Language” section and its activities

This lesson will also support other forms of creative expression a student may be already working on or their own future art projects.




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