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Success for boys is a subsection of New Zealand Curiculum Online.

Game of Awesome

Game of Awesome is a card game designed to engage and inspire kids, specifically boys, to tell stories and learn to write.

Use the game, suitable for 3 to 6 players, to help students generate ideas for writing a story.

Four sets of cards contain topics, themes and ideas that students years 5-8 will find interesting, involving, and often ridiculous!

Use the cards independently or mix-and-match to create new combinations.

Easy to learn for both students and teachers, quick to play, and fosters a range of learning outcomes.

Use new rules, templates, and other teacher support materials provided as free downloadable, printable files.

 

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Order copies from Down The Back Of The Chair

 

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Stories of action, bravery, and quests

 

 

Adventures in space and time

 

Ordinary days become extraordinary

 

Stories that use logic and facts

 

 

Teacher support material

 

Suggestions for how to use the game effectively

 

Downloadable writing planner template

Use this to help students structure their story. The categories of cards support this planning.

 

Downloadable writing planner template. 

Use this to help students structure their hero quest writing. The categories of cards support this planning.

 

Downloadable writing planner template.

Use this to help students structure their opinion piece. The categories of cards support this planning.

 

Downloadable writing planner template. 

Use this to help students structure their poem. The categories of cards support this planning.

 

Awesome cards and new ways to play

Game of Awesome is designed to be expanded and remixed by teachers and students.

Use the blank card templates and rules variations to shape the game to suit your students' learning needs.

Awesome card templates

 

Downloadable template for creating new "Awesome" cards. 

 

Downloadable template for creating new "Idea" cards. 

Can be used with "Write is Might" rules variation below.

 

New ways to play

Keep Talking

Storytelling is centre-stage in this variant where players take turns continuing a shared story, trying to include elements from their secret cards.

Write is Might

Players build and change one story in the middle of the table.

Story Showdown

Players refine their story by deciding over and over again whether to swap out a current card for a new one.

Ultimate Awesome

Emphasises tactics and strategies

Players have to make the best use of their entire hand of cards.

Mixing Bowl

Players pull Idea Cards out of a bowl and act them out for their team to guess.

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Edit as you Go

Players build and change one story in the middle of the table.

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Talk the Talk

Players get to make their case to the judge before they make their final decision.

 

Thank you

Thank you to the groups of boys from Te Aro School (Wellington) and St. Patrick’s College (Wellington) developed the ideas on the cards.

Special thanks to the teachers of Newtown, Houghton Valley, Korokoro and Kilbirnie Schools who helped with the design of the game.

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