Telling a story in 6 Pictures

Average: 3 (2 votes)

“Telling a Story in 6 Pictures” is a method that uses 6 pictures to tell or to visualize the story of a personal situation, in the school context or in a context where young people are developing relationships one with each other. The method was created by a television transmitter (WDR – WestdeutscherRundfunk). The main aim of the transmitter was to put students in contact with photos and videos, providing all the specific tools needed by the students. A secondary effect of the tool was to bring youngsters which do not like to speak about personal situations to talk about a particular situation in their life, starting without any words. The method is based on the possibility to talk about a personal situation or an emotional situation in a nonverbal way. 

The situation can be strictly personal or involve mainly other people, it can be a nice one or a delicate one. This tool can help the relationships between young people, above all for disadvantaged youngsters the “Telling a story” tool is useful to include other people’s points of view in their problem, considering that often they are self-absorbed in their own worlds. The method help to think about what is wrong with the others or with yourself. How you can present yourself in different situations. Speeches often offend sensibilities. One of the main aims of the method is to share emotions without speeches, without hurting the sensibilities of other persons. The method can be used by a trainer or teacher to get in contact with youngsters. The tool gives the input to speak about past or present problems and helps students to present themselves (for example through interviews). The tool is useful to bring up problems that could rose in school or at home, to show emotions, to think about how the student looks like or how other people look like when they are sad, happy, angry … In some cases the tool is used as a “ice-breaking”  in conversations between youngsters and advisers. Also the method helps student in using ICT and digital cameras.

Resource type

  • Didactic material (e.g. Videos, books, CDs, Links to external resources, game)

Target Group

  • Facilitators/Tutors
  • Trainers
  • Youth Workers

Participant compentencies

  • Communication in mother tongue
  • Digital competencies
  • Social and civic competencies
  • Cutural awareness

Facilitators compentencies

  • Provide effective opportunities to support learning
  • Provide effective opportunities to support personal & social development
  • Meet the needs & interests of participants

Which criteria would identify your example as "Good Practice"?

  • Easy to Use
  • Interactive for participants
  • Accessible for participants with different levels of ability
  • Adaptable to different languages & cultures
  • Provides practical activity
  • Integrates ICT into the learning process

What methods have you used to assess this as "Good Practice"?

  • Participant Feedback
  • Peer Review

Recommendations for use

You can get more information on “Telling a story in 6 pictures” contacting:
Ms. Angelika Wenzel and Ms Dr. Sabine Bräutigam
Brunnenstraße 230
41069 Moenchengladbach - Germany


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