Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Curriculum Advisor
Choose Your Own Adventure E-Book storybooks were all the rage in the 80’s and 90’s. After school on Wednesdays, John Caboto Academy B.A.S.E. Daycare students in Ms. Mary and Ms. Rose’s groups in cycle 2 and 3 brought them back, this time into the digital age though a website called Twine.
Students created a collaborative story that had the choice of multiple possible endings. This program enforced interactivity, because while readers traveled through the story they had to click on their choice of what should happen next, and the website brought them to the appropriate page to continue reading, which determined how the story unfolded. Every time someone reread the story, it led somewhere different!
This program empowered students while honing in on their writing skills. Learning about effective planning and consistency in a storyline have also been some of the great qualities students have acquired over the course of session three.
The E-Choose Your Own Adventure Creation program had students working in a collaborative environment while supporting and encouraging one another. Imaginations were used to their fullest and demonstrated that the sky was the limit when creativity was involved. More importantly, students were given the freedom of choice while their ideas and opinions were validated. “We got to make up our own names for our characters, and what their superpowers were. It made me excited to use my imagination!” said Grade 3 student Bobby enthusiastically. “I loved working with my best friend Lylia on the story because we put a lot of our ideas together to make one of the great endings for our story,” added Grade 3 student Mikaella.
The following is a link their story http://philome.la/EMSBBASE/jimmys-adventure called “Jimmy’s Journey,” Click and read it for yourself.
Ms. Jodi is so proud of her group. Keep those creative ideas flowing everyone!
See below: John Caboto B.A.S.E. daycare students act out their interactive story during the reading, as peers choose the outcome.