Activity Types: Interactive Stories

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What is an Interactive Story?
Interactive Storytelling is the act of creating stories that include an "interactive component" either through simulating an environment or the readers/audience members interact with the story itself by making choices along the way. (In other words, the character reaches a decision point and the readers/audience members make the choice as to how the story will progress. Examples of this type of storytelling can be found in the "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories so familiar to us a few years ago. Many video games were also created on this premise and you can see an HTML example online at http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~middle/advent/. A great example of an interactive story that was constructed using Flash can be found at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/mystery/game.html.) The organizational skills required to write up a story with two, three or four story lines requires ADVANCED problem-solving and creative thinking skills (I know, I've tried <grin>!!) For middle and high school students, no more than 2 decision points should be required.

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Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
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Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction
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