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#6974946 Nov 13, 2012 at 03:41 AM
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Hi people. I am a school teacher from New Zealand. I teach year 7-8 students (11-13 year olds). I am using games to encourage and motivate students to create characters as part of the games they are playing. I stumbled upon this site and am hoping I will be able to learn more about how I can use gaming to deliver exciting and interesting literacy activities.

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#6979207 Nov 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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#6974946 justinhickey wrote:

Hi people. I am a school teacher from New Zealand. I teach year 7-8 students (11-13 year olds). I am using games to encourage and motivate students to create characters as part of the games they are playing. I stumbled upon this site and am hoping I will be able to learn more about how I can use gaming to deliver exciting and interesting literacy activities.

I look forward to connecting with you



It's a few years since I had y7-8, but at a high school more recently where our games club included that group. An English teacher commented that, after a few months playing tabletop games like Warhammer etc, some of the boys' literacy had improved -- presumably from looking up tables, rules etc. under time pressure and with motivation (ie winning the game). A few got heavily into the background and started reading the related novels. It was kind of the "Harry Potter" effect on boys' reading.

Tia ora, Kiwi!
(Being "down under" doesn't make me backward)
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#6990946 Nov 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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#6974946 justinhickey wrote:

Hi people. I am a school teacher from New Zealand. I teach year 7-8 students (11-13 year olds). I am using games to encourage and motivate students to create characters as part of the games they are playing. I stumbled upon this site and am hoping I will be able to learn more about how I can use gaming to deliver exciting and interesting literacy activities.

I look forward to connecting with you



I really don't know much about motivating that age group, but they all probably have games they enjoy and play. You might have them chose one of those characters and define its image, its abilities, and skills in a short written assignment and then have them compare their characters, and thing about how those characters would interact. you could have them do small groups or a panel and "be that character" (in talking, no slashing, etc... ;) ) and do kind of a "historical reinactment" and discuss what they have in common and what is different, they might be able to take that experience and create a character in their own stories. I think that would help them think about the clothing, size, abilities, weaknesses of their new character. Should help character development. Hope this helps and we are so glad to see you here.
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