Sunday, June 20, 2010

Protein Synthesis - Graphic Organizer - Storyboarding

I use storyboarding to teach the processes of protein synthesis, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. I introduce my students to the concept of storyboarding by showing them this American Film Institute video, which can be found on these two web sites:
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I did find a website with a video about storyboarding on this website, even though it is not nearly as good as the original, I does give students ideas about drawing out stories as pictures or cartoons.

I introduce this lesson by telling students that the class will be playing the roles of the molecules involved in the process of protein synthesis.  Before we can play the roles, we need to familiarize ourselves with the story and the characters of the story.
Here we talk about the characters by using this handout (example key follows):


Next, we begin to visualize the characters in the story of protein synthesis by drawing cartoon pictures of them on a storyboard hand-out that can be obtained from this web site:
Here is an example:

Here are some examples of storyboards for the process of protein synthesis:

After composing the storyboards for the process of protein synthesis, students "act" out the process by participating in the Protein Synthesis and Words Activity, which was designed by Lynn Marie Wartski, that is on the Access for Excellence Web Site:    I created a playbill and I display it in the classroom, during the activity.  It illustrates the characters and describes the activity.
My previous posts have the storyboards for respiration, the Calvin cycle, and the light reactions of photosynthesis.

Here are some examples of books that utilize graphics to teach:
Also, Larry Gonick's cartoon guides are fun and informative:

For the storyboarding graphic organizers you may visit my other posts:

If you find links in my blog that do not work, please let me know by submitting a comment.  I would like to keep everything up-to-date and relevant.


betterpluse said...

You can follow the step by step guide to download LearnersTV video. The guide can also work to download video from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc at

Heidi May said...

This link did not work. :(

Mrs. A. said...

Thank you for your comment about the links. I appears that the AFI videos have been taken down, which is really disappointing because they were so well done. I have updated my website with some new links that I hope are helpful to others. I did find a link to the handouts, so that should be something useful for creating storyboards. YouTube has many videos about storyboarding. I someone finds something that is useful, please post.