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Teach Communication
with Stranded

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Communication & Cooperation

How can good communication help you get better at Stranded? How can you best work together?

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This lesson has your students continue playing Stranded, a co-operative browser game which fosters class spirit and teaches your students to work together! This lesson focuses on argumentation and debates.

  • Theory: This lesson takes a closer look at the art of argumentation and debate.
  • Play: Students play Stranded and focus on working together in a respectful manner.
  • Share & Discuss: These topics and tasks focus on co-operation, discussion and contemplating the playing experience.

Active Listening

  • Active listening is a communication technique used that requires the listener fully concentrates, understands, responds and then remembers what is being said. (source)
  • In Stranded, this means you must listen and understand why others are voting for the buildings they are voting and working for, and be prepared to respond and explain your own action and voting choices.

Active listening.

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A core part of working together and succeeding in life, business and Stranded is the ability to listen and respond in a polite and efficient manner. This slide focuses on active listening, while the next one is about another core skill: argumentation.

Remember: Reserve 30 minutes for playing and 5 minutes for the Share & Discuss slides.

Use your own sources and the ones below to teach your students about active listening:


Image Source: Assistive Listening Icon, Wikimedia Commons.

Argumentation & Debates

  • Argumentation is the act or process of forming reasons and of drawing conclusions and applying them to a case in discussion (Merriam-Webster).
  • A debate is a contention by words or arguments (Merriam-Webster). It can also be moderated, particularly in official settings.
  • Whenever you disagree with others while voting in Stranded, you can try to argue your point.

Socrates and Aphasia.

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Lesson Goal

Play a game of Stranded! The teacher divides you into groups. Go for the highest score possible - do this by actively listening to your group and arguing for the best course of action!

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Dividing into groups: To foster a little competitive spirit and to make communication in groups easier, divide the students into small groups (such as 4-5 people in each group). These groups can be completely random or you can use this as an opportunity to group students who would not normally interact that much together, however you wish. You just need to make sure that the members of each group sit next to one another and join the same game.

Once every group’s game wraps up, you can move on to the next slides, which are final assignments for the end of the class (they need roughly 5 to 10 minutes).

How to Play

When starting the game, you need to select your language. Click on the flag of your choice.

Gameplay screenshot

After the game's opening cinematic, you get to the main menu. Depending on whether or not you are a host, you will either select create game (for hosts) or join game (for players).

Gameplay screenshot

This is the screen you will see if you start hosting the game. Tell other students in your group what the number of your game is so they can join. Once everyone has joined the game, click on start.

Gameplay screenshot

If you are a player, you must enter the number of the game you want to join. This number is provided by the host of your group.

Gameplay screenshot

Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • What was your group’s high score?
  • Who had the highest score? What kind of order did you build buildings in?
  • Did you have any arguments you couldn’t resolve? What were they about?
  • Did you find a fountain? What can the fountain be used for?

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These are discussion topics that get students to open up about their playing experience. These questions also help you understand if some students are not having fun or not understanding how the game works.

A note on fountains: Fountains are a unique terrain feature: there is always one on the island. Using an action each round on a fountain grants the group 8 happiness, easily making it one of the best “buildings” in the game.

Tasks after Playing

  • Think of the best order to build buildings in Stranded with your group. Argue why your build order is the best one.
  • Why is it important to listen actively? Think of the problems that occur if you do not properly listen to another person and list them.