by Tracee Orman
7th - 12th Grade
The Potter Games (www.thepottergames.com) is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure interactive fiction game that combines the characters from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series with the setting of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The setting: It's a fictional alternate universe in which Voldemort has taken over and after reading The Hunger Games, has decided he'd like to punish the wizarding world with his own Hunger Games.
Students read the passages for the different "tributes" and select which path they would take next. There is only one path to becoming a Victor (and there are 24 tributes), so this internet-based activity gives students numerous reading exercises and critical-thinking/problem-solving practice.
Choose-your-own-adventure stories have been used effectively to improve reading comprehension and analytical skills.
Take it a step further and have students write their own Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game. By having them write, they'll be using even more problem-solving and creative-thinking skills, and sharing with their classmates will give them ample peer editing opportunities. Directions are included.
I included a credit page of all the contributors to The Potter Games. I was honored to be one of the writers/editors for this great project that combines two of my favorite novel series! This is a fan-made website and is not affiliated with Rowling or Collins, Scholastic, or Lionsgate.
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