I have yet to see an app that adequately teaches and assesses writing skills. However, the realm of computer games can help. The students don’t play a ‘writing’ game, but they write the scenarios of the game itself. The more sophisticated video games are like movies – they require characters, setting and the framework of a plot for the various scenarios. Although, students may not be able to produce the game, they can still design it.
The first thing a student needs to write about is the concept: What is the game about? Is it a treasure hunt, a battle, a race or an alternate world in which one must figure out how to gather the necessities for survival? “First-person” games are easier to create than role play, which require a cast of characters along with their motivations. Still the following is necessary for “first-person” games.
1) Write a brief historical…
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