This Virus Epidemic resource will get your students writing thrilling tales of the human condition when faced with a life-threatening outbreak of disease! With over 7770 unique possible combinations, you could use this year after year and never get tired of the outcomes! Students roll a dice to decide the origins of the contagion (ground zero), the symptoms that patients suffer, how the virus is transmitted, whether or not it is being contained and the main character(s) of the story with this handy Roll-A writing prompt resource. The stories your students write will be rich with imagination, for sure!
☸ Example Rolls
⚀ -1- Ground Zero: Government funded laboratory
⚁ -2- Symptoms: First you feel dizzy, so dizzy you have to close your eyes. When you open them back up, all you see is white.
⚂ -3- Transmission: Indirect physical contact - touching something contaminated
⚃ -4- Containment: All flights in and out of the country have been cancelled.
⚄ -5- Character(s): A lone teenager
⚠ Preview Product
Download the PREVIEW to view a demo with student-friendly instructions.
+ A full-page sheet detailing the options for each side of a dice
+ Printable dice template (two dice per page)
+ British and American English versions
+ Recording and story writing sheet
+ Student-friendly instructional presentation
✂ Teacher Preparation Instructions
Ensure students understand the basics of narrative writing before implementing in the classroom.
✂ Suggestions for Use in the Classroom
You could print a copy to add to writing centres, display the color version on the board for a class activity or hand out individual copies to students.
✂ Student Example
by Roman Bennett (11 years old, Year 6)
"It’s contagious, I repeat it is contagious. Report the plague to biosafety level four NOW!!!" screamed Ryan.
"Ok boosting up to level four. We advise that you get out of there now," replied Bravo.
"I can't - there is no response to my S.O.S and no evacuation guideline the chance of me getting out of this is extremely low.” But Ryan navigated his way out of the base, heading home to his son.
"Dad what's going on why are we running away from home?" cried Max.
"Max we don't have enough time to talk about this now.”
"NO I WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH!"
"Max the reason why we are running away from our home is because there is a disease that is highly lethal and infectious. Ok? You won't survive if you have the virus. See that's the truth," said Ryan breathing wearily.
"Ryan, this is Bravo, I have located a bunker hidden underground close to you only 250 metres away flee there now."
Both Ryan and Max gasping for air they reach the abandoned house run to the basement and ran through the hidden underground door closing and locking all the doors behind them. After being confined for five more minutes thousands of particles of dust came rushing through under the door.
"Dad I don't want to die like this I don't want to be starved or dehydrated in this confined claustrophobic room."
"It's okay Max, we won't. We will just wait out for today. Tomorrow we will see..."
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