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Telling a Tale

Today's Activity

Getting feedback from your peers!

Find at least two other classmates to sit and discuss your work with.

Step 1

Introduce your topic or message, along with your audience.


  • Is the topic or message reasonbly focused?
  • Could we empathize or understand who your audience is, from how you've defined it?

Step 2

Present your chosen form:

  • Illustrated image + text pairings
  • Photo essay
  • Visual narrative
  • Advertisement
  • Magazine layout


  • Does the form convey the message you want?
  • What does the form itself say?

Forms and Limitations

We are allowing you to work with a couple of different forms for P02:

Illustrated Image & Text Pairings

Visual Narrative

Magazine Layouts

An example of a magazine spread

Photo Essays

"The Photo Essay" - Sim Chiyin

Step 3

Show your sketches or drafts.


  • What kind image-text combinations are used?
  • Where is our attention focused? Why?
  • What is the message that we see?
  • Is the message that we see visible without you explaining it?

Step 4

Summarize your peer's thoughts.

  • 2 identified strengths in your work
  • 2 identified weaknesses in your work
  • 2 ways or methods through which you will improve on your work

Step 5

Post to Canvas.

Post requirements:

The Most Boring Story Ever

Why is this story so boring?

I go to the store. A car is parked. Many cars are parked or moving. Some are blue. Some are tan. They have windows. In the store, there are items for sale. These include such things as soap, detergent, magazines, and lettuce. So you can purchase many types of things at stores.

The Most Boring Thing Ever Written (Bradezone)

A Story Needs Characters

The protagonist is the main character; typically the 'good' in the story.

The antagonist is the character working against the protagonist; typically the 'bad' in the story.

Characters Change

Types of characters:

Your Challenge

Come up with a simple - but engaging - story.

Step one: Come up with a character.

A Story Needs a Story

Parts of a narrative:

  1. Exposition
  2. Complicating Action
  3. Rising Action
  4. Climax
  5. Falling Action
  6. Resolution


Introduces the characters and dramatic situation that is happening.


A Story Needs a Challenge

Internal conflict is the protagonist struggling with their own issues, while an external conflict is the protagonist struggling against others, nature or society.

Determine a Struggle

Step two: Determine some character traits and a struggle for your character.

Complicating Action

The protagonist faces a major conflict.


Rising Action

Where the protagonist works to resolve conflict.


  • Is there one conflict or many?
  • Are some resolved along the way, or do they all resolve at once?
  • How is the protagonist affected as the action rises?


Where the protagonist resolves conflict; one or more of them.


  • Does the protagonist achieve her goal?
  • How does the narrative change at this point?
  • What is the main climax?

Falling Action & Resolution

Shows what happens after conflict is resolved, and the final outcome.

Identifying Narrative

While looking at the following examples, identify:

  1. The narrative arc
  2. Protagonist and antagonist

Identifying Narrative

An advertisement with a photo of a baby in a worn-down house about to use a needle to shoot up on drugs

Identifying Narrative

For the Birds (Pixar)

Identifying Narrative

GEICO: Guinea Pigs Commercial

Interactive Narrative

Bia Costa - Interactive Resume

Build Out a Narrative

Step three: Build out a narrative for your character.

Remember the parts of a narrative:

  1. Exposition
  2. Complicating Action
  3. Rising Action
  4. Climax
  5. Falling Action
  6. Resolution

Your Challenge

In groups of 6-8 people, generate an engaging short story (max 2 minutes) to win the Tim Tams with. If you are interested in winning, one of your team members must present the story to the class.

Storytelling Time

Narrative and P02

For P02 you can work with a topic or message with a more narrative or storytelling nature.

Keep in mind:


There is a quiz on Canvas this week. Please make sure the review the weeks 5 and 6 lecture and readings.

You will have until next week's lecture to complete the quiz.

For next week

Please remember!

  1. Complete Quiz 3
  2. Complete P02 participation


Prepare for next week.

Telling it Visually

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