What student does not love a good game? The idea for this game was born when I was teaching the elements of literature and I could not get students to remember all the different parts of a plot and their order in a story. This game finally did the trick!
Here’s how it works. It’s played much like another familiar card game, so kids catch on quickly. Each player is dealt 7 cards. The object is to be the first one to get rid of all the cards. Cards are dealt, the rest put in a pile in the center with the top card turned over to begin play. Player to the left begins by either playing a card of the same ‘suit’, or by playing a card that comes before or after that particular plot element..
For example, if a RISING ACTION card is played, another RISING ACTION can be played, or a CONFLICT card can be played—because it comes before rising action—or a CLIMAX card can be played—because it comes after rising action. There are wildcards, reverse cards, draw 2 cards included in the deck for added fun. Students quickly learn the names and order of the elements of the plot!
I hope your kids will have as much fun with this as mine do!
What you get:
• 17 page PDF file of game cards. 116 cards in each set. You can make as many sets as you like—I have six in my classroom to accommodate 35 students, 6 per group.
• Complete instructions for printing and cutting the cards.
• Instructions and rules for the game.
• Printable reference sheet for students to use while playing that includes :
Reference sheet that shows possible game play moves
Diagram that shows order of play