I am a writer. That doesn’t mean I’m always good at it. I HAVE to write. It’s how I process all the forty-five thousand things whirling around in my brain without driving those who love me crazy.

That said, for as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed observing others tell stories. I love to listen. I love to read. I love to study the way others tell a story.

A while back I started to notice a pattern in storytelling, a pattern that really engages the brain and makes writing have added clarity. The thing I noticed was how storytellers were beginning to use GIFS, Memes, short video clips, etc. to help tell their story. At first, it began with presenters, but then I saw this Elle Magazine Article.

This type of storytelling is so entertaining and visually appealing. Why aren’t we letting kids explore this? Honestly, there is probably so much they can teach us. After all, they use this type of writing all the time in their text messaging. I mean, really, that Boomerang add-on to Instagram? It’s a GIF maker all by itself.

They are also practicing their inferencing skills and taking a step towards learning how to write a blended quote.

If you’re wondering how, here is a meme generator. And, if you’d rather use Google slides, here is video tutorial.

If you’d like to make a GIF, here’s one way, and Amy Burvall, a very creative educator, mentions this tool.screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-4-35-55-pm

And finally, I found this blogpost with many, many tools and explanations. So you have the tools, go #MakeitReal and create!!!


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