Teacher Edition- Episode 31: Game-based Writing Lesson feat. Grace Withmory!
In this “Teacher Edition” episode of Board Gaming with English, Dustin talks to his wife Grace Withmory. She currently works as a high school ELL and digital art teacher. In the episode, they talk about how Grace has used Story Cubes and Imagidice with her high school ELL students. Grace elaborates on one particular activity she has used in her class that uses the cubes as inspiration for creative writing and storytelling. To get in touch with Grace, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Grace is currently teaching ELL and Digital Media at a private American high school in Taipei, Taiwan. She is always looking for ways to push her students’ creativity, and she has found Story Cubes and Imagidice helpful in doing just that!
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Using Story Cubes in Class – Plot Elements!
Grace talks about using Story Cubes and Imagidice in her reading class when she covers the different elements of a story. Students roll cubes, and then they assign each cube to a specific element of a plot. She talks about how the cubes force students to think outside the box and find creative ways to connect the images. Check it out below:
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Other Resources and Methods for using Story Cubes and Imagidice Mentioned in the Episode
Dustin and Grace both talk about some other applications for these awesome classroom tools. One game Dustin discusses is one proposed by Byron (Teacher Edition: Board Games, Business, and STEAM feat. Byron and Angel from Kanga Games – 020) who was on the podcast in a previous episode. He talks about using the dice as a way to practice grammar by using the dice and time as two added gamification elements in his lessons.
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