Interactive Fairy Tale Using Scratch
If you need to build your skills in Scratch use the lessons at LearnScratch.org. Scratch has been designed to help develop the nine learning skills described on the Why Learn Scratch page. These include skills in communication, creativity, social responsibility, accountability, adaptability and collaboration for the students of the 21st Century.
Project: Follow these steps to create your Interactive Ethical Story and to post it as a discussion with your self-assessment on Youth Voices.
- Choose a story. We recommend adapting an existing fairy tale or fable, though you can invent your own if you are in an especially creative frame of mind. Some places to start looking:
- Write a script. In order to plan out your story, you should know what characters you plan to include, and what they will say.
- Write an alternate ending. From the point where the story diverges from the original, you should know what the characters will do as a result of a change in the main story decision.
- Create storyboards. We recommend that you create three storyboards to help you visualize the story for the animation. Why three? Let's create one storyboard for the part of the story leading up to the main decision. Then one for the remainder of the original story, and one for the alternate ending. Some storyboarding sites that we recommend:
- Animate your story. Use Scratch to create the characters, have them interact, and enable the viewer to make the decision for the main character.
- If you use or modify existing material, be it a story, images, or scripts, from another source, give credit to the original author.
- Keep the story appropriate for children younger than 13 years old.
Self-assessment: Copy and paste this guide into a Google Doc or Word processing document of your choice: Reviewing a Scratch Project - Ethical Story. Write about which requirements you were able to satisfy, and those that you could not meet, and why.
Publishing and Commenting on Youth Voices:
- Click on the link to go to http://scratch.mit.edu and log in. Go to the page for your Ethical Story animation.
- Copy the embed code for your Ethical story.
- Click on the link to go to http://youthvoices.net and log in.
- Create a new discussion post.
- Paste the code from the Scratch site into the Description box.
- Add a title, at least 5 keywords, choose "Gaming and New Media" for the channel.
- Paste your self-assessment under the Scratch code, and save.
- Comment on other students' Interactive Ethical Stories using these Guides: Agree/Disagree Response or General Discussion Response.