As so many schools are covering the Olympics and Greeks this term I have been playing with an old idea to support literacy work. I was a great fan, many years ago, of the Fighting Fantasy books and have enjoyed working with pupils on developing choice driven stories.
I have developed a story in PowerPoint so that pupils can guide themselves through it and another with only the first half in place for them to develop their own ending.
The story opening with our hero (the player) moving up a hillside.
At last you came to the top of the crest and were able to see over the whole of the island. It had taken you a lot of effort to get there. The smell of wood on the light wind told me that there was a forest to be discovered. Taking a deep breath, you strode forwards towards it. In the distance, there was a clearing. You knew that you had no choice but to explore it.
In the story you meet Odysseus and encounter several Greek creatures such as Giants, Centaurs and Ipotanes.
The story is written in the past tense, which differs from the Steve Jackson / Ian Livingston approach from Fighting Fantasy, mainly to support the pupils who mainly write narrative in the past tense and also to avoid tripping over the switch of tenses.
The story then becomes choice driven as the user selects one of four steps to take in the story – but beware not all of these will be successful! There are several characters to meet but the ending of the story remains to be changed by the pupils.
I have also written a version of the story which has only the development of the story ready for pupils to develop on their own or in groups.
If anyone would like a copy of either of these please contact me through Twitter (@Joga5) or through the comments on this site.
All I would ask is any completed version are then shared amongst users of this site.
Choice driven story by Bill Lord is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.