A "narrated 5 photo story" is a collection of five images which tell a story of some kind with only IMAGES and AUDIO narration. Background music can be included.


In this project students will use 5 copyright-friendly photos with narration and music to create a digital story.


  1. Develop student planning, organization and writing skills using media.

  2. Intentionally use media to create a mood, establish a setting, and convey feelings.

  3. Discuss intellectual property and open media licensing.

  4. Discuss responsible media decisions / digital citizenship.


  1. Setup or insure students are setup the by school IT department with free school / enterprise / "federated" logins to Adobe Express.

  2. Provide instructions for students and time to practice logging into Adobe Spark with their School Email / Google account.

  3. Use the provided student planning/storyboard template to create a sample video project to share with students. (THIS LINK WILL ASK YOU TO MAKE A COPY)

  4. Create this new assignment in Google Classroom, including links to the video "What Makes a Hero?", the project planning / storyboard template (each student gets their own copy), and your sample video project.

  5. Test and verify unsplash.com and other required project websites are accessible on the school content filter.


  1. Discuss what makes a good story and what makes a hero? Show the TED-Ed Video, "What Makes a Hero?"

  2. Discuss the importance of planning and using media with intention to set a mood / establish a setting / convey feelings.

  3. Show the blank student planning / storyboard template, and your completed template example.

  4. Show your completed project video.


  1. Challenge students to experiment recording alternate forms of their story, using either/both different voices and/or different story endings.

  2. Provide students with the opportunity to publish their stories "outside the classroom" on a class blog, a class YouTube channel, or another website.

  3. Access more resources on digital storytelling on showwithmedia.com/digital-story/ and www.storychasers.org/examples.

Example Projects

How-To Instructions / Tutorials

Basic Steps with Adobe Express

  1. Find and download / save five copyright-friendly images (from Unsplash.com)

  2. Login and choose to create a VIDEO PROJECT on Adobe Express. (free - login with a Google account)

  3. Import your 5 images onto different slides.

  4. Hold down the MICROPHONE icon to record narration on each slide.

  5. Add appropriate CREDITS at the end / on the last slide.

  6. Change the MUSIC so it is appropriate to your topic / theme and NOT too loud.

  7. DOWNLOAD your completed video.

  8. Share your video. (via Seesaw, Padlet, your Digital Portfolio website, etc.)