Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Build a Story

"Build a Story" cover page with animated pencil on a piece of paper with a red background

I have found that our students, like their non visually impaired peers, have trouble creating a story from original thought. I bought the pictured book from Oriental Trading, but it has been discontinued. However, Lakeshore Learning has it.


I like it as the student can flip through the book to find the character, setting, event, and conclusion ideas. They can then create a story around that.


Writing stories is a great way to verify a student's understanding of grammar, spelling, sentence/paragraph structure... not to mention working on editing skills. I like to share the stories with their teachers so that they can also know what skills might need more work and where the strengths are...


red page with text "character" and a drawing of a girl, "setting" with a drawing of a school, "event" with a drawing of a microphone and text "in the spelling bee", and "conclusion" and a drawing of a first place ribbon with text "won first place"red page with a drawing and text of "a rabbit" drawing of a garden with text "in a garden" and a drawing of a treasure chest with text "looking for buried treasure"



To adapt it, I simply added the braille to each of the pages. For a low vision student, I would enlarge each of the pages and attempt to recreate the book the same way this one is set up.


Build a story collage



flip books

Posted by Linda Hagood

Posted on December 2, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018

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Linda Hagood commented on December 15, 2014

These are a great idea, Liz--I have done similar activities with story-starter strips, in which students create a "silly sentence" by selecting braille, print, pictured, or tactile symbol words to place on a strip with characters ("who"), setting ("where" and "when"), plot/ actions ("do"). the students select a word from each category from a bag or box and place it inthe correct spont on the sentence strip, matching background color, shape and/ or texture to represent meaning categories.  I want to try the flip book instead, because the parts could be more solidly anchored so the student doesn't have to do so much physical orientation and location of symbols.  Thanks for sharing this idea. I will try it very soon.