What's the Story with Storylines?

ngss storylines Jul 09, 2019

What’s the Story with Storylines?

If you’ve been in the NGSS world for even just a little bit, chances are you’ve heard the term storylines floating around. 

So, what are storylines? 

To start: Storylines are a tool, not a rule of NGSS. And once you understand the purpose of this tool--you can decide how to best use storylines in your classroom.

The official NGSS definition of Storylines is: Storylines are statements that describe the context and rationale for the Performance Expectations (PEs) in each grade band and section. And that definition is not really all that helpful. However, when you click on the examples you will find examples of narratives that give a useful general idea of the purpose of the PE. I have included the links in the shownotes. This would be a good starting point to get the overall impression of what your sequence of lessons should be about to help students be able to meet the PE.

At NextGenStoryline.org: which is a storyline...

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Episode 029: NGSS Storylines, Vocabulary, and More with Jason Crean, MS Bio, EdD


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Our guest today, Jason Crean, EdD shares with us the powerful impacts NGSS storylines have on student learning. He share what works in a NGSS high school classroom shares many resources for teachers such as where to get high quality NGSS aligned units.

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 08:00   Common teacher misconceptions about NGSS
  • 08:30 - 09:45   Front-loading vocabulary vs a 'Less is More' strategy
  • 10:15 - 16:00   Training teachers in NGSS storylines + storyline examples
  • 16:15 - 21:45   Three-dimensional assessment with NGSS
  • 22:00 - 24:30   NGSS in the eyes of administrators
  • 25:00 - 30:45   Resources for implementing + adjusting NGSS storylines
  • 31:00 -...
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016_NGSS Resources and Strategies that Work with Wanda Faye Bryant



Meet Wanda Faye Bryant, a 7th grade NGSS science teacher at Detroit Public Schools Community District. Wanda shares with us what resources and strategies she uses to successfully implement NGSS in her classroom. She describes the lessons she’s learned through four years of experience in implementing NGSS in her classroom and details various methods and exercises which have been useful in engaging students through NGSS.

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Show Notes:

In this episode we discuss...

  • Introduction of Guest Wanda Bryant,  science teacher and veteran of NGSS implementation
  • Discussion of the various NGSS training programs Bryant has experienced
  • How did Bryant approach beginning NGSS teaching?
  • The driving question board within the 3D teaching approach.
  • How to respond to student questions concerning different investigations
  • Discussion of the...
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Episode 014: Blast Away Volcano Misconceptions with Volcanologist Dr. Janine Krippner


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Meet Dr. Janine B. Krippner, a Volcanologist, Postdoctoral Researcher, and Science Communicator, originally from New Zealand, currently located in West Virginia.  In this episode, we discuss common misconceptions as well as important core information that science teachers should be teaching their students about volcanoes. We also discuss the various ways that people can make themselves more knowledgeable and safe in regards to volcanic eruptions.

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Show Notes:

  • Dr. Krippner is currently working on a volcanic ash project linking global data bases in West Virginia
  • Eruptions can have deposits that travel across countries
  • Many lives during “The Boxing Day Tsunami” were saved because of basic warning signs.
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS) is where you go for the right information about volcanoes.
  • Volcanic ash is...
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Episode 009_Storylines and Driving Question Board with Holly Hereau


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Host Margaret O´Sullivan sits with Holly Hereau. Holly Hereau has been teaching high school science since 2004. In addition to teaching, Holly works as an NGSX facilitator and a Next Generation Science Storylines consultant. In this episode, Holly tells us about her shift to teaching with storylines. She provides helpful tips and resources for teachers looking to use storylines and driving question boards in their NGSS classroom.

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  Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Holly Hereau, high school science teacher who teaches with Storylines.
  • What is a storyline? A storyline beings with an anchoring phenomenon and proceeds from there.
  • ...
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