Graphic Organisers: StoryboardThat

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  • May 15, 2017
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Simplifying and condensing information to the bare essential facts can sometime be challenging for students. I read this blog post by Glenn Wiebe on the PERSIAN graphic organiser and knew I wanted to try it with my  I&S students.

As it was the end of the unit I didn’t give much scaffolding to the task – we spoke about the definitions of the categories and what  which isn’t really enough for the EAL students – so it was really just a trial to see what they would come up with. This is the best example from the class and I think this shows the possibilities of the organiser. The student used images from Google (not the best but we will work on that later) and the cartoon images generated by Storyboardthat.


Here are the suggested topics categorised under each term.


  • Structure
  • War
  • Treaties
  • Courts/Laws
  • Leaders
  • Popular participation
  • Loyalty to leader


  • State control on trade/industry
  • Agriculture/Industry importance
  • Labor systems
  • Levels of Technology
  • Levels of International Trade
  • Gender and Slaves
  • Money System


  • Importance on societal interaction
  • Holy Books
  • Beliefs/Teachings
  • Conversion – role of missionaries
  • Sin/Salvation
  • Deities


  • Family order – patriarchal, matriarchal
  • Gender Relations – role of women, children
  • Social Classes – slavery
  • Entertainment
  • Life Styles


  • Art and Music
  • Writing/Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Math/Science
  • Education
  • Inventions


  • Location
  • Physical
  • Movement
  • Human/Environment

In the comments section of the post some suggested a different organiser using SPICE which I might try next time – especially considering the integrated nature of History and Geography in the MYP Individuals and Societies subject.

SPICE stands for;

  • Social: transformation of Social structures
  • Political: state building, empires, and conflict
  • Interaction: between humans and the environment
  • Cultural: development and interaction of Cultures
  • Economics: creation, expansion, and interaction of Economic systems
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About Laura Wright

Laura is a passionate educator, researcher and designer. Her experience teaching in Asia and Europe have fueled her desire to provide authentic learning experiences supporting creativity through technology integration. She loves to travel and read everything. Follow her @MrsLauraW.

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