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Teach Creative Writing
with StoriumEdu

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Theory

StoriumEdu

Learn the basics of StoriumEdu, a game all about collaborative writing!

Teacher Resources

  • Theory: This lesson introduces your students to the collaborative writing game StoriumEdu.
  • Play: The students play through the tutorials and learn how StoriumEdu works.
  • Share & Discuss: These tasks focus on creative writing exercises.

This lesson focuses on teaching the students how to play StoriumEdu to create collaborative written works. Essentially, StoriumEdu is a pen-and-paper role-playing game with all the complex and time-consuming advanced mechanics removed. This means that not only is the game solely about writing and collaborative work, but it is readily accessible even to students who are not familiar with any form of role-playing games.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It’s a very good idea to read through this lesson prior to starting this lesson. StoriumEdu does not require an installation process because it is a browser-based service, but it is warmly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the game prior to having this lesson. The best way to do this is by reading this lesson plan prior to having the lesson, and accessing the teacher guide and tutorials in the top left corner of the screen that are immediately visible when you log in with your account to StoriumEdu.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students cannot play StoriumEdu unless you create a class and a game for the students to play. Refer to this lesson (slide 5) and the game setup guide on instructions how to do this.

Introduction

  • A creative and collaborative writing game where one player is the narrator and the others are players
  • The core gameplay revolves around challenges and cards that are played to find out the outcome of these challenges
  • Storium is not about winning, rather the main goal is to tell a coherent story and work together.
  • Storium is an incredibly flexible platform and the stories can be literally about anything.

Main menu.

Teacher Resources

This slide serves as a brief introduction for the students to the game: the next slide will teach the students to log in and to access the tutorials of the game.

NOTE: It’s an important facet of Storium to understand that the game both requires you to have the right attitude and to respect your fellow players. Nothing in the game will force you to take others into account or to take the writing assignments seriously: that will be up to you as the teacher. If some players are not taking the writing process seriously and all else fails, you can group those players into a single game to let the others play in peace.

Logging into StoriumEdu

  • Use the TeacherGaming App to access StoriumEdu. Alternatively, go to storiumedu.com to log into StoriumEdu
  • Enter your player name and class password to log in (both are provided by your teacher)
  • Then, to access the tutorials, click on the tutorials link at the top left corner of the screen. Play through both player and narrator tutorials

Gameplay screenshot.

Teacher Resources

This process is simple, but there are a few things that must be done the right way:

STEPS FOR THE TEACHER (complete these before your first lesson!)

  1. Use your TeacherGaming credentials to log into StoriumEdu.com (the easiest way to access StoriumEdu is with the TeacherGaming App).
  2. Go through the tutorials by clicking on the “tutorials” button in the top left corner of the main screen, and then go through both the player and narrator tutorials.
  3. Make sure you know the class ID and student IDs of your class (created in TeacherGaming Desk).
  4. Now, finally, you need a game. In the classroom menu, click on the “Games” tab. You can now either use a premade existing world (“Browse our free starter worlds”) or customize and create a completely new adventure (“Start your own game from scratch”). Be warned, it is not difficult to create your own adventures, but it is time-consuming.
  5. Since each game should have about 3-5 players (and the narrator), you should clone the game to save time. In the main screen, click on the wrench symbol of the game you’ve just created, and then click on the Clone Game option down at the bottom of the screen. You can do this as many times as necessary, until there is a game for every 3-5 students in the class.
  6. Divide the students into groups by inviting 3-5 students to each game. To do this, go into the game’s green room, choose the Players tab, and then click the “Invite Via Classroom Nickname” button. Once you’ve invited every student to a game, you’re all set!

STEPS FOR THE STUDENTS

  1. Go to StoriumEdu.com (the easiest way to access StoriumEdu is with the TeacherGaming App).
  2. Enter your player nickname (defined by the teacher) and the class password (received from the teacher).
  3. Once you have logged in, access the tutorials in the top left corner of the screen.
  4. When you have completed the tutorials, join the green room of the game you’ve been invited to and create your character. Wait until everyone else is ready with their character before you begin playing the game.

Tutorials

Gameplay screenshot.

Teacher Resources

You can leave this screenshot of the game’s tutorial open as the students log in and go through the tutorials. Go through the class and make sure everyone manages both to log in and complete both tutorials: This will take roughly 5-10 minutes, and some will probably finish before others: if this occurs, you can tell the ones who finish early to start creating their characters in the game you’ve invited them to.

Play

Lesson Goal

Try out playing StoriumEdu! Write answers that at least 100 words long and at maximum roughly 200 words.

Teacher Resources

Once everyone has completed the tutorials, it’s time to try out playing StoriumEdu! As this is the very first game the students are going to play, there are a few considerations that you should take into account:

  • You are the narrator. Since there’s a lot to absorb for the students, they shouldn’t yet be given narrator control. Since you are the narrator, you also have an easy way to track how the students are doing.
  • The word limit is roughly 100 to 200 words. If the answers are a little longer or shorter, it is acceptable. This rough word limit is intentionally small to keep the game going forward and minimize time spent waiting for other players.
  • Leave 5 minutes or so of free time. These final minutes are spent on the next two slides to go through the lesson’s content together.

How to Play

After launching StoriumEdu, you will need to log in with your credentials. Use the same ones you use to log into the app.

Gameplay screenshot

If you are playing the game for the first time, it's a good idea to play through both tutorials. You can access them by clicking on the Tutorials button.

Gameplay screenshot

Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • What kind of character did you make? Tell the class!
  • Was there something you wanted to do but couldn’t? Does anyone else know how this could be done?
  • What’s good about StoriumEdu? Is there anything you don’t like about it?

Teacher Resources

These questions are meant to get the students to open up and start a discussion. The answers do not matter as much as the fact that they are talking.

Tasks after Playing

  • Think of additional characters (they don’t need to be designed for the game you played this lesson). What makes for an interesting character?
  • If you were the narrator, what kind of world would you choose / create? Why?

Teacher Resources

These questions are meant to get the students into a creative writing approach: though this lesson features very little truly creative writing, the following lessons will teach the students to create their own content, ranging from characters to scenarios and entire adventures.