Here at Living Outside the Lines we think reading the classics is fun because we make it fun! There are so many new and exciting modern stories to choose from that the idea of reading an old book might seem dismal. And, you know what, it just might be a dreary experience without a little help to spice it up. In a previous post, A Timeless Beginning, we talked about how digging into the context the author’s life or the setting in which he placed his characters brings an old book to life. A themed meal accomplishes the same thing. We do both of these activities at our literature club meetings, but we also prepare exciting projects. In my opinion, the effort behind the scenes of the project gives a workout to critical thinking skills and the enjoyment is found in the presentation of the project.
For Gulliver’s Travels our literature club is Creating Original Board Games that exercise their understanding of plot, structure, characters, themes, symbols, motifs, and metaphors/satirical story. The directions are pretty simple. Either imagine a game to create or copy a tried and true board game like Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders and adapt it for Gulliver’s Travels. It can be a card game, matching game, a dice game or anything you can conjure up. But in the end the process of the game should follow the plot of the story and make stops or clues or questions that identify with the story. The finished product ought to scream Gulliver’s Travels by it’s appearance and the actual play of the game.
If you would like to see some examples check out these slideshows.
Board Games for The Hobbit
Board Games for The Iliad
Board Game for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn