This project promotes open access materials and has been funded with support from the European Commission - Erasmus+ program. These materials reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
[Project Number: 2016-1-HR01-KA201-022159]


Title of Activity
Storyboard: very special characters


Description of educational activity
Duration: 4 hours
Pupils’ age: 14-16
Organization of the class of pupils: group work

Pupils' tasks: After students have read the novel" Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", they will be divided into 4 groups, made up of 4 or 3 members; they will choose some sequences from the book in order to draw a few sketches with captions  or a series of illustrations of the selected sequence that will eventually stand for the succession of the different framings in a multimedial, audio-visual production.


Support materials:

  • Ferrara Mario Ramina Graziano- CLICK & NET (LDM) Laboratorio Tecnico Multimediale. Zanichelli Editore
  • Andrea Balzola- Riccardo Pesce, STORYBOARD- Arte e tecnica tra lo script e il set. Dino Audino Editore


Evaluation and assessment method: Students will be asked to fill in a self-evaluation sheet regarding the final outcomes, in which the teacher will have to highlight the narrative elements through images:  logical and narrative unity; creativity; efficacy of captions.

The visualisation of the text in sequences of images helps arouse students' interest in the analytical reading of the text and encourages them to reflect upon the descriptions to be pictured


Connection to curriculum

Grade: 2nd grade



  • Narrative techniques
  • Basic structures of narrative texts
  • Main literary genres
  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reflecting on reading



  • grasp the fundamental features of a literary text
  • master language structures used in the texts
  • understand the message
  • understand and be aware of the means  of the audiovisual communication.



  • reading
  • undestanding and interpreting texts of different genres
  • using the narrative strategies to turn a literary text into a sequence of images
  • comparing a literary text with  its filmed version


Bibliographic reference to be used during the activity

Italian version

Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrine

La casa dei ragazzi speciali - Rizzoli,2016 (Versione italiana)
Editore: Rizzoli Collana: Rizzoli best
Anno edizione: 2016 Pagine: 383 p. ill. , Rilegato
ISBN-10: 8817090018 - ISBN-13: 978-8817090018


Short description of digital sources 

A films has been made from Ransom Riggs'novel, directed byTim Burton e interpreted by Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, Ella Purnell, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench, Chris O'Dowd, Milo Parker.



The novel contains several black and white photos, printed on vintage yellowish paper. These pictures aroused the students' curiosity since they will also study photography and prepare storyboards as part of their curricula.e dello storyboard

Students have learnt how to single out similarities and differences between literary and cinematographic genres.

Gli studenti got engaged in reading the story and most of them have also read the other two stories featuring Miss Peregrine.



In order to produce a storyboard, it is fundamental that the students read the whole novel. Group work is an effective method to arouse students' motivation, to favour opinion exchanges and stimulate their creativity. Cooperative learning may also be useful. Group work strengthens the individual sense of responsibility and triggers the challenge to become passionate readers.

Go to top