Example 1. Mobile Video Storytelling with Teens

In this lesson plan, students watch a short video that proposes ways to make a video go viral. The students then work in groups to create a viral video. The template for this lesson plan can be downloaded here. Feel free to edit and use the template.

Lesson Plan Title: Let’s Go Viral! Creating a Viral Video

Lesson Description: Students will watch a Youtube video on how to create a viral video (meme),  then will work in groups to create a viral video.

Age Group: Teens to Adults

Duration: 2 class periods


Students will-

  • identify characteristics, actions, and objects in a video

  • evaluate song lyrics

  • work collaboratively with peers to create a video

  • brainstorm with storyboard templates

  • brainstorm as a class

Classroom Set-up for Every Group Having a Mobile Device:

  • In the first part of the lesson, students will watch a video with the class, then brainstorm.  

  • During the next part of the lesson, students will work in groups of 4 and will need a place to work collaboratively

  • Student groups will also need an area to record their videos. If possible, they should have access to areas outside of the classroom


Suggested Web Tools or Apps:

Vocabulary to pre-teach:

Viral, parody, meme

Detailed Lesson/ Stages:

  1. Have students quickly jot down famous Youtube videos they have seen

  2. Tell students they will be watching a Youtube video with many memes referenced in images or through the lyrics and they will have to put a check next to any of the ones they jotted down that appear in the video or are referenced in the lyrics. They should also  write down other videos they didn’t list but recognize in the video.

  3. Give students the lyrics, let them review them and play the video again.

  4. Have students compare their lists with at least 2 peers. They can add any memes they see on their peers’ lists to their lists.

  5. Students return to their desks and view the lyrics.

  6. Host a class discussion- List items, actions, situations and characteristics that make a video go viral according to Smash Mouth. Have students add what characteristics and items they personally like or believe make a video go viral

  7. Group students and tell them they have the mission of creating a viral video. Give them the video story pitch hand-out to fill out as a group. They should use the brainstorm list from the class discussion to inspire them. They should ensure their videos are appropriate and that none of them participate in dangerous activities. They will turn this in and receive approval for their projects from you.

  8. Once they receive approval, the groups complete their video storyboards and turn them in to receive approval, https://sps-newmedialiteracies.wikispaces.com/file/view/Multi-Media+StoryBoard+Template.pdf

  9. Once their storyboards are approved, the students create their videos and turn them into the teacher who will view them before posting to a central site.

  10. Presentation- Host a viewing day and have learners vote for a video anonymously and see which group received the most views.

  11. Another option is to have students track the progress of their viral videos. Post the videos on a Youtube/Vimeo channel. Have the groups keep charts and graphs that show the analytics- number of views for the day, which countries, etc. After a month, the groups share their findings and what they believe contributed to the outcome. They should discuss if their initial feelings on what makes a video go viral have changed.


Video Project Rubrics: http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/videorubric.html

Also, check out Kathy Schrock’s rubrics www.schrockguide.net/assessment-and-rubrics.html

Tips and Options:

  • Give them a time limit for their videos. The suggested time limit is 2 to 3 minutes.

  • If you are worried about posting students’ identities, have them create claymation or stop motion films. They can also use puppets, toys, figurines, etc.