Draft immersive fantasy writing quest

Draft Dragon Adventure Writing Workshop:  students go on a quest to find a dragon

Rationale: Inquiry using interactive fiction text based role-playing game, students form team of heroes to get the dragon. Immersion is enhanced by teambuilding games, puzzles, apps and aurasma to promote creative writing outcomes in Yr 8 students. Add QR codes or Aurasma for riddles.  Use Epic Citadel or Castlerama for setting.

Time- 2 days

Draft Plan Students need paper and pen. Students are to map their journey. Need an internet enabled device for each team to play the game. Download game and play from blb files. Zip files are at:


Character Using Dragon Adventure IF game, teachers set the context.  Read introduction from


Put students in teams, bandannas/shirts.

Play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v87NqQ5QpJ0 from Harry Potter. First part – considers need to use logic. Then discuss feeling overwhelmed by challenge and concept of adventure. From The Hobbit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_cwRqXBR4Q&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDKVKG3ESsk

Discussion in groups – why are they chosen for this adventure? Brainstorm reasons.

Do 5 mins writing focusing on character and teamwork.

Students script dialogue. How do they feel about being chosen? Then pick one student’s work to act script for group to dramatise. Do character scaffolds and sketches:

Setting Use Epic Citadel, Castelrama and /or similar resources.

Do 5 mins writing on setting. Build word wall. Metaphor and simile work. http://www.timrylands.com/2013/11/22/our-creative-writing-morning-with-mr-rylands-moonstone/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5xFMmK5Ujs

Students grab screen shots of setting.

Teambuilding 1 It is dark. The team has to cross the swamp. Students will play the minefield game http://www.wilderdom.com/games/descriptions/Minefield.html  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeoQ9weTWPw http://www.toobeez.com/teambuilding-book/12-Maze-Activity.html  Half an hour. See how many get cross swamp in time.

Do 5 mins writing

Do reflection on team skills especially listening and conflict resolution, how to improve team role. Effect of role and character in the game.

Do truth lie puzzle. )Use aurasma or qr codes for puzzles) http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/other-rules/puzzles-and-riddles?tmpl=%2Fsystem%2Fapp%2Ftemplates%2Fprint%2F

Introduce Dragon Adventure IF game: have to load files on device for each group. Good idea to do first part as whole group to show how to use commands, how to map, how to create decision diagram. Then students work as team of 4 to progress through the game for 15 mins.


Do 5 mins writing in response to adventure.


Teambuilding 2 The team has to cross a raging river. Play Hot Chocolate River for half an hour. http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/site/camp-activity/hot-chocolate-river.html

Reflect on strategies being used, teamwork.

Do 5 mins writing

Do brainteaser riddle http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/other-rules/puzzles-and-riddles?tmpl=%2Fsystem%2Fapp%2Ftemplates%2Fprint%2F

Continue the Dragon Adventure IF game 15 mins.


Teambuilding 3 The team is under attack by dragons. Play Dodgeball Goliath for 15 mins. Tie how long Goliath survives. http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/pe/dodgeball.htm

Do 5 mins writing

Do sequence riddle http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/other-rules/puzzles-and-riddles?tmpl=%2Fsystem%2Fapp%2Ftemplates%2Fprint%2F

Continue the Dragon Adventure IF game 15 mins.


Finish the game.

Use writing to create a short story about a Dragon Adventure and include map, screenshots and character sketches.

Optional end activity

One of the 2 possible outcomes of the IF game is to free the dragon from the spell. Assume you did this. Fly your dragon.http://video.sfgate.com/Dragon-Adventure-game-explores-augmented-reality-26413938

Train your dragon

Write for 5 mins.

Other Resources

Tips http://ifdb.tads.org/dladviser?id=sjiyffz8n5patu8l&noexes=0&os=3.127&setOS=




http://solutionarchive.com/file/id,8461/   http://solutionarchive.com/game/id%2C3958/Dragon+Adventure.html

Student feedback surveys


Augmented reality

Role Play games

Consider age appropriateness, death and violence level and amount of randomness due to dice or if it is more problem solving.

Rationale http://dc.etsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2662&context=etd

Teaching and learning with Interactive Fiction http://bdesilets.com/if/?page_id=15

Dungeons and Dragons for kids http://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/MS_HeroesHesiod.pdf

Epic Citadel

Video games ideas


Other ideas

Capture the flag

Students need to get their team to objective unseen. Other teams doing same thing. Take photos of “enemy.” Team who gets to objective first with least photos taken of them wins.

Dragon’s point of view:

Gamification of Fantasy

Please respond if exploring this genre:





Or consider:


Interesting times,

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is coming: Dec 8 to 14 http://t.co/ouKDP2PnKE The Hour of Code is a
global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries and
over 30 languages. Ages 4 to 104.

But you do not have to wait (plus many of us in Australia will be on holidays, so why
not promote some coding now with students and/parents?). Easy, free and fun
– step by step online learning games, also has videos.

Start here: http://studio.code.org/hoc/1 (from  beginner onwards with 20 stages)

Video why teachers should do hour of code http://code.org/educate/hoc 3 mins 29 and how to run hour of code

Join at http://hourofcode.com/us#join

How do I print certificates for my students?

Each student gets a chance to get a certificate via email when they finish the Code.org tutorials. Just click on the certificate to print it. However, if teachers want to make new certificates for your students, visit our Certificates page http://code.org/certificates to print as many certificates as you like, in one fell swoop!

More for teachers at http://code.org/educate and http://hourofcode.com/us/resources/how-to

Promotion resources http://hourofcode.com/us/resources#posters

More coding tutorials http://code.org/learn
And http://code.org/learn/beyond
Courses for all ages http://studio.code.org/

Much, much more at: http://hourofcode.com/us

Another good site is http://projects.codeclubworld.org/en-GB/  Free Scratch printables at http://scratch.mit.edu/help/cards/

Coding for Beginners – primary – lunchtime library activity

Overview videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJzFD4EdeuY 3 mins

Getting started video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edN07wcbj2w 4 mins 26 secs

Go to http://pencilcode.net/

Click Let’s play

Click the blue play button – see what happens. Look at the code.

Click top left – blocks – on the blue bar. Highlight the code and delete.

Go to pencil code lesson 1 and do Beginner Activities http://activity.pencilcode.net/ Good place to start.

There are 100 more activities at  http://bit.ly/1vwwd3z which can be printed out. These are good for student choice e.g. smiley face.

The gym is a fun way to learn pencil code http://gym.pencilcode.net     If they want to do more, students to sign up for an account http://activity.pencilcode.net/home/worksheet/signup.html

Other resources: http://guide.pencilcode.net/

Why women should be coding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sp5miJi4A8

Quotes from “Life in Outer Space” by Melissa Keil

(I used to be an English teacher, but now I teach ICT and no longer feel the compulsion to feel bad about not using correct punctuation.If you like punctuation, please see the book… Actually, I still feel a bit bad about failing to use punctuation…)

P40 judging by the look justin gives me as he walks away I have just been upgraded to the guy who later has his entrails smeared all over the corridor walls.

45 but aren’t we better off not tempting fate?

Tempting fate. What’s the worst that could happen?

Allison looks pained. I think that might be the definition of tempting date, she mumbles.

Adrian tosses his sandwich in the bin. Come on, guys. No fate, but what we make. He grins at me. For once his terminator quotage might prove to be useful.

P47 I would say to avoid the special, but I fear I’ m too late. I think whoever made it hates tastebuds.

P48 unfortunately, I cannot be friends with anyone who prioritises real life over WoW.

P50 Apparently we now have a history study group. Is that even a thing people do?

P55 unless you can factor in a brain or a personality transplant – there’s no such thing as a fresh start. You drag yourself with you wherever you go.

P55 sometimes it’s about reading your environment real quick, and then finding the bits of it that fit you.

P61 surely she knows by now that the four of us are the social equivalent of weed killer.

P62 oh right so that’s who those guys are. The quarantined end of the social queue.

P64 I can’t decide why it works for camilla, when everyone else looks like they’ve tripped and fallen head first into a Salvation Army bin.

P89? My theory is that camilla is some sort of reverse demon- spawn, like the Canadian resurrected from the evil dead, only instead of inspiring homicide and face- eating, she’s spreading – well whatever the opposite of demonic face-eating is.

P116 anyway you’re in serious trouble if you’re expecting a bodyguard service from me. I’ m still waiting for my radioactive spider- bite.

P174 Justin and I have as much chance of becoming friends as Adrian has of captaining the starship enterprise.

P189 what’s the worst thing that could happen?

You could die a horrible death if legions of the undead invade. But that probably won’t happen.

p237 okay I think it will be the equivalent of a colonoscopy with a rusty garden instrument.

P246 .. sharing the same bed as her is as smart as swimming with a live toaster.

P294 I am ready to crush all uprisings with mindless conformity and surprisingly crap aim.