Storyworks Video Archive
Behind the Scenes: Mountain of Fire
Author Lauren Tarshis takes your students step-by-step through the process of researching one of her thrilling narrative nonfiction articles. A great model for students to use in their own research projects! Originally created for Mountain of Fire, January 2016.
Can a Picture Change the World?
Cyclops: My Side of the Story
Storyworks Beyond the Story: Escape From Alcatraz
Storyworks Author Visit: 2 Minutes with Sarah McCarry
The author of this issue’s poignant fiction story, “The Golden Lie,” talks to Storyworks about her favorite character, her secret for overcoming writer’s block, and more! Originally created for The Golden Lie, October 2015
Storyworks Author Visit: 2 Minutes With Nora Raleigh Baskin
We’re very excited to present our new video series, in which Storyworks fiction authors chat with us about their inspiration, favorite scenes, writer’s tricks, and more! For the series debut, the fantastic Nora Raleigh Baskin discusses her heartfelt new story, “How Bad Could It Be?”
Storyworks Behind the Scenes: The Evil Swirling Darkness
The Hindenburg Disaster
Your students will be riveted by this chilling 1937 newsreel footage of the Hindenburg explosion. Originally created for The Hindenburg Disaster, February/March 2015.
Note: This video contains images of the explosion and its aftermath. Please preview it before sharing it with your class, to make sure it is appropriate for your students. Because of the sensitive nature of this video, we have not included it in the student view.
In the Time of Booker T. Washington
Provide context for our story about Booker T. Washington with this video about the troubled time period he lived through: from the horrors of slavery through the brutal Civil War and the difficult Reconstruction era. Originally created for Up From Slavery, February/March 2015.
Storyworks Behind the Scenes: The Blood-Red Night
Storyworks Beyond the Story: Into the World of Military Working Dogs
Storyworks Time Machine: 1810-1820
Our latest “Time Machine” video will transport your students to early 19th-century America just before the War of 1812. Will America prove itself against Britain, the most powerful nation in the world? Originally created for The Rocket’s Red Glare, October 2014.
Cause and Effect
Storyworks Behind The Scenes: The Volcano That Changed the World
Find out how author Lauren Tarshis digs up all the information she needs to write a show-stopping narrative nonfiction article. A great model for students to use in their own research projects! Originally created for The Volcano That Changed the World, September 2014.
Storyworks Beyond the Story: Into the World of a Paleontologist
Our captivating video takes your students into the lab of paleontologist Dr. Susan Butts, who studies fossils to paint a portrait of what life might have looked like hundreds of millions of years ago. Originally created for The Girl Who Discovered the Dinosaurs, April/May 2014.
Meet the Mint
A lot more goes into a pocketful of change than you might think! Our video offers a fascinating glimpse into how the U.S. Mint designs and produces the coins you use every day. Originally created for Should America Get Rid of the Penny?, February/March 2014.
Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Saving the Great White Monster
Think the great white shark is nothing but a terrifying brute? Think again! In this video, author Lauren Tarshis explains why the legendary aquatic predator is important to the ocean’s ecosystem—and why it even deserves our love. Originally created for Saving the Great White Monster, February/March 2014.
I Lived in a Truck
Florida teen Arielle Metzger and her family were forced to move into a truck when Arielle’s father lost his job. In this video, Arielle gives us a tour of the truck while reflecting on the experience of being homeless. Originally created for I Was Homeless.
I Use a Robot to Go to School
Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Exploring Harriet Tubman
Storyworks Behind the Scenes: The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Author Lauren Tarshis gives your students a behind the scenes look at her research, writing, and editing process. Perfect for a lesson on author’s craft!
Originally created for The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Volcano Alert: In Harm’s Way
This brief introduction to the science of volcanoes will complement our nonfiction article, "The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius." A perfect cross-curricular connection!
Originally created for The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Time Machine: The 1920s
Our amazing video is all about the sights, sounds, and mood of the 1920s. It’s packed with facts and vocabulary that will help build a foundation of content-area knowledge. Watch it with your class before reading our nonfiction article “The Race Against Death.”
Originally created for The Race Against Death
Medusa: My Side of the Story
Everyone thinks of Medusa as a horrible monster. Once, though, she was a regular human being. In our spectacular video, students get to hear Medusa’s side of the story. Perfect for exploring point of view and theme with our play The Hunt for Medusa’s Head.
Originally created for The Hunt for Medusa’s Head
What is a Plot?
The World’s Deadliest Creature
Our first video for students! What IS the world's deadliest creature? Find out in this companion to our thrilling nonfiction feature appearing in the September 2011 issue.
Originally created for The World’s Deadliest Creature
Storyworks in the Classroom: An Introduction for Teachers
This video is a great way for you to get familiar with all the features Storyworks offers and how they can create a rich and meaningful classroom experience for you and your students! It's a great refresher for existing subscribers as well — you never know what crucial information you may be missing. We welcome your feedback, as always; if you have a comment about this video, please click the "Talk to Us" link and let us know what you think!