Remember the fun you had as a kid reading those choose your own adventure stories? Here is a Classroom Suite® template that enables you and your students to create your own!
I developed this template while working on the Mayan Jungle Adventure story. The basic idea was to build a story structure where multiple branch points could lead to many different outcomes.
But I also wanted the template to have some flexibility, so that every story line did not have to be the same number of pages long.
The problem is, if the structure had that flexibility, it could not be entirely predetermined. The answer was to set up individual page templates, duplicate them as needed from Sort Pages, and move the duplicated page templates into position.
The Choose Your Adventure Template has three basic page templates. They are:
- Pages with two buttons to let a student choose where to go next
- Outcome pages that let the reader start over or quit, and
- Next only pages to use as transitions to the next choice point.
Then each of these three basic page types needed to have a version with a Play Movie button, one for Play IntelliMation®, one that plays a sound, and one that has no added effects. That makes twelve story page templates to choose from in building your adventure story. There are also some specialized pages, including the cover page, The End page, and a Credits page.
All the necessary buttons, page actions, and a text box are in place on the template pages. To build a story, you duplicate one of the template pages, move it into position, and then add an image, text, and any needed multimedia.
You also need to set links for all the choice buttons so that they will jump to specific pages and continue that story line.
You can build quite complex stories, yet the custom overlay for this template is quite simple. There is a forward arrow, two choice buttons, a read out button, and buttons for movies, animation, and sound.
No matter what story structure you set up, the same overlay will work for navigation. See the Special Needs Access section on the System Reqs page for information on controlling the Classroom Suite version from PRC devices.
Using the template is fairly easy, but I have written a short step by step tutorial to make it easier still. Besides walking you through creating an activity with the Choose Your Adventure Template, the tutorial includes strategies for working out a good story line. There is also a section on how to use a two point IntelliMation to create virtual reality effects, such as moving into a photo image!
Download both the template and the tutorial, and get started doing some exciting reading activities. Just think of the possibilities!
You might set up teams of students to each write and illustrate one page, perhaps with their own artwork scanned in. You could set up a simulation of some real life situation, such as shopping or going to the zoo. You might do a time machine epic, such as visiting ancient Egypt, or take a virtual trip to outer space and tour the planets.
Or, you could just do a wild and exciting fiction story like Mayan Jungle Adventure. Whatever story idea you come up with, this template will make it much easier to get your saga all ready to enjoy!
Application needed: IntelliTools Classroom Suite, Acrobat Reader.
Subject area: Reading, Writing.
AdventureTemplateTutorial.pdf (73.0 KB) Printable tutorial for the Choose Your Adventure Template. Acrobat Reader.
Adventure Template Tutorial Online Online version of the tutorial for the Choose Your Adventure Template, ready to present to groups.
AdventureTemplateABS.zip (4.5 MB) Choose Your Adventure Template in Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlay is attached.