The 7 Elements of Digital Storytelling

Posted by on October 31, 2011 10:11 am
Categories: Column 1

The Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) in Berkley, California developed this list of the 7 Elements of Digital Storytelling which we will adapt for our use at Cedar Lane Elementary School.

1. Point of View – What is the main point of the story and what is the perspectve of the author?

2. A Dramatic Question – A key question that keeps the viewer’s attention and will be answered by the end of the story.

3. Emotional Content – Serious issues that come alive in a personal and powerful way and connects the story to the audience.

4. The Gift of Your Voice – A way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context.

5. The Power of the Soundtrack – Music or other sounds that support and embellish the storyline.

6. Economy – Using just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer.

7. Pacing – The rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.


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