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"Are you optimistic, bout' the way that things are going?
No, I never really think of it at all."
-Dialogue by Chicago
As with any teacher, I’m always looking to create new and innovative ways to reach my students, grasp their attention and motivate them in new and meaningful ways. One manner in which I have had great success in reaching my teenagers of the digital age are my video game and writing creations.
My newest creation combines a multitude of thinking and writing activities, inspired by the wonderful video game Oxenfree, created by the phenomenal game developer, Night School Studio.
This guide allows the students to think on high levels, as they will need to analyze 20 pieces of dialogue and one monologue from the game. Dialogue is important since it helps move the plot line forward. Additionally, it's through dialogue that the reader (or viewer) gets to know, understand, and care about the characters within a fictional story.
The key, as an educator, is to be willing to go out of one’s comfort zone and be ready to try something new and innovative. If the results mirror my own classroom, you will be pleased at the results and witness your students becoming motivated to write, synthesize, and analyze at high levels.
Note: The game is rated T for Teen. It has references to violence, sexual themes, drug references, language, use of alcohol and tobacco.
**However, my clips are edited to make it relative to a PG-13 movie.
If one chooses to take this constructive journey, they may find it helpful to follow how I use this with my classes.
1. Warm Up: Dialogue by Chicago.
-Have two students read Dialogue lyrics.
-Listen to song (embedded), while allowing the students to read along with the lyrics.
-Do follow up activity (p. 11).
2. Discuss background concepts (pp. 12 - 14), and introduce characters (p. 15).
3. One dialogue activity per day
-Have students read the script example.
-Then play the embedded video clip, while following along with the script.
-Complete the follow up activity.
4. The students complete two follow up activities
-Writing 1: The Triangle
-Dialogue Analysis (Break It Down Again)
5. Final Essay