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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:

http://ifdb.tads.org/viewgame?id=sjiyffz8n5patu8l 

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

http://iplayif.com/?story=http%3A//if1.home.comcast.net/Dragon.z5

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.

http://iplayif.com/?story=http%3A//if1.home.comcast.net/Dragon.z5

Do 5 mins writing in response to adventure.

Complications

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.

Climax

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.

Conclusion

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=

Puzzles

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

Solutions

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

Student feedback surveys

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

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

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/themes/myst/

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:

http://screamsheet.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/pathfinder-fantasy-adventures-revisited/

http://screamsheet.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/this-weeks-project-pathfinder-fantasy-role-playing/

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

http://educade.org/lesson_plans/create-a-narrative-driven-scavenger-hunt-with-aurasma

Or consider:

https://www.diigo.com/user/anneweaver/Parkwriting

Interesting times,
Anne

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/