Ballad Poetic Form Digital Lock Box Escape Room Game
⚠️You must have cell phones, tablets, or laptops to play this game. Students should work together in small groups. This game requires students to access Google apps with a Google sign-in.
Prior to purchase of this game, please make sure your school district does not block the following apps/websites: Google Apps
(Sites, Forms, Docs); Mystery Piano
by Boon Jin; YouTube;
A breakout box kit is not needed for this game.
Engage your students by having them play this digital escape room game during or after your study of ballad form. This activity is designed for students studying British literature or enrolled in an AP course. Students will work in small groups to solve puzzles in order to "escape the room." This is a no prep activity--all you need to do is share a link to the game! You can share the link by posting it in your online classroom, by projecting it from your laptop, by writing it on the board, or by printing it out for students. Easy!
The game includes a self-checking Google Form, so you can step back and let students pace themselves. Once students escape, they will get a congratulations message they can show to you to let you know they've finished. For differentiation purposes, I've included a teacher guide with visuals and hints to help you coach struggling students.
This game should take average high school students about 40 minutes to play--you can adjust the time if needed. Students will review the characteristics of a ballad and engage in a brief analysis of three different medieval Scottish ballads--"Lord Randall," "Get Up and Bar the Door," and "The Twa Corbies."
This escape room game incorporates a wide range of multimedia resources, including websites, images, videos, Google Docs, a Google Site, a Google Form, and an interactive encrypted puzzle. I've incorporated emojis and a mystery piano as well to really grab the attention of some of the more reluctant learners.
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