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"Logic Game: Story Hero" by Sherry Jones


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This is an Oct. 24, 2013 Innovation Lab training presentation for Community College of Denver Faculty on how to use the game, "Story Hero," to teach rhetoric and composition.

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"Logic Game: Story Hero" by Sherry Jones

  1. 1. Logic Game: Story Hero Sherry Jones WTC - Innovation Lab October 24, 2013 @autnes
  2. 2. WHAT ARE GAMES? A game, whether analog or virtual, is a form or a system designed for the purpose of play. Play is an activity that allows us to experiment, repeat behaviors without fear of failure, and make a series of possible choices to render an experience meaningful. Games are cultural artifacts that reflect and reveal deeper cultural and social concerns.
  3. 3. LET’S PLAY! - STORY HERO “Story Hero”
  4. 4. READING QUESTION - VOCABULARY Q. In the game, Story Hero, which keywords were crucial for progressing through each level’s puzzle? In your journal: A. List the keywords. B. Check the dictionary for the words’ meaning, and then record them.
  5. 5. READING QUESTION - LOGICAL RELATIONSHIP Q. In the game, Story Hero, explain the logic of each level’ s puzzle: A. List the exact sequence that the keywords must be “activated” in order to solve the puzzle. B. Explain the logical relationship between those keywords. Why do the keywords’ relationships “make sense” to you? C. Does any part of the puzzle seem illogical? Why?
  6. 6. WRITING QUESTION - LITERARY ANALYSIS Q. In order to play the game, Story Hero, what prior cultural knowledge would the player need to possess? A. Conduct some research on the cultural meaning of specific keywords from each game level. B. Did you use cultural conventions (according to your research) to solve the puzzles? C. From where did you derive these cultural conventions? Books? Movies? Offer examples.
  7. 7. ALL GAMES CAN BE USEFUL IN THE WAY YOU USE THEM ● Games are artifacts with cultural and social contexts. ● Games can be used to teach any discipline, including rhetoric and composition. ● As the activities for Story Hero demonstrate, one does not have to use “serious games” or “educational games” to teach complex ideas. ● Like images and news articles, games can be useful in the WAY you apply them. Start teaching with fun!
  8. 8. Questions? Comments? Sherry Jones Philosophy, Rhetoric, Composition @autnes