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Interactive fiction

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Popular culture

  • 130 mins
  • In class
  • Project
  • B1, B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Write a short story with at least two possible endings

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Plan a story using an example of interactive fiction as a model
  • Write a short story with appropriate narrative voice, setting, and plot development to lead to at least two possible endings

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Activities (7)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core
  • Website


Student instructions

Watch the video and discuss the questions.
1. What is an 'interactive story'?
2. What is the experience like for the viewer compared to the programme makers and actors?
3. Do you know of any other similar TV shows, movies, or games?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of interactive fiction or narratives with multiple paths or possible endings.


 

Read 1

Read 1

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read the guide to interactive fiction and decide whether the statements are ‘True’ or ‘False’.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to identify the key elements of a piece of interactive fiction.
This prepares students for the Plan and Produce activities.

 

Read 2

Read 2

Recommendations

  • 12 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Text entry, model


Student instructions

Read the example interactive story, Paradise Cursed, and make a choice to get to one of the three endings. Then discuss the story and make notes on the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to read an example of an interactive story and discuss its key elements. This prepares them for the Plan and Produce activities.

 

Plan

Plan

Recommendations

  • 30 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to brainstorm ideas and plan an interactive story with at least two possible endings.
This prepares students to write a story in the Produce activity.
Students should refer back to the reference material 'Interactive fiction: A guide' and plan their story based on those principles.


 

Produce

Produce

Recommendations

  • 60 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to write their interactive stories using the plan and notes that they wrote in the Plan activity.
Remind students about the word count that you set.
Students should use their own word processing application to write their stories.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 12 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Challenge
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about your experience of planning and writing an interactive story. Then discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to reflect on the experience of writing interactive fiction and what made it difficult or easy.
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