I was never a fan of reading. As a child I would rather have gone to the dentist than read a book; that is until I found the Choose Your Own Adventure series. The stories were interesting and "tricked" me into reading them again. They played more like a text adventure (game), than they did a book.
Fast forward 30 years and kids have not changed much. They still prefer games to reading (most of them anyway). But this post is not really about reading, it is about creative writing and a very cool tool by the name of Twine. Twine is a VERY easy to use software application that can be downloaded or used online at twinery.org. The idea here is that your students use the tool to create branching stories. They can be as simple or complex as the author likes, but the process is what makes this particular tool so exciting. Your students cannot just slap a story together - it will take some planning and thought. In they end they will also have a tangible story/game that they can share with their family and friends. The possibilities are endless.
I have made a short overview tutorial to get you started. It is embedded below or you can access it directly at http://youtu.be/TWT-hr5aviA
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