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					 International Reading
The middle grades lay the foundation
for a person’s reading preferences for
         the rest of their life.

 Adolescents need to read material
  that meshes with their interests.
Jim Trelease, The Read Aloud Handbook:

“Those who read the most read the best.”

2002 study of 15 year-olds in 32 countries:
The kids who were most engaged with what they
read had the highest reading scores. (And
kids who read comic books had high scores.)
      Book Based RPGs
• Played by reading and writing
(including meta reading and writing)
• 62,016 words/month?
• 1000 words/post?
• Fandom – engaging because it’s all
about their loves
         PbP Online Text RPGs
   Each player writes one character’s thoughts
    and actions
   Like a collaborative story with a different
    narrator for each character
   Asynchronous
   No winners or losers
        A Product of RP

           Sorcery and Cecelia
By Patricia Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer
   A blogging site with cool extra features
   Users can create shared blogs called

Real Life                   Roleplay
•My personal LJ             •My character’s LJ
•Girl_gamers                •Game community
At least 34,108 character journals on LJ!
    Two Types of Book-Based RPGs
   All one canon: every character is from the same
    story world
    Example: A MWPP-era Hogwarts RPG
   The Milliways model: characters from books by
    different authors interact with each other
               How To Do It!
   LJ account for each character (13 and up)
   Character userinfo pages give crucial details
   Moderator creates game community, sets
    privacy so only members can post
   Community userinfo gives setting and
   Players join the community as their characters

   The moderator makes the first post
   Players come in with “intro posts”
   The moderator decides how much to control
    the plot and whether to be a character
   This does take time!
        Backroom Communities
   The “backstage” of the game
   Only members can post OR read
   Where players make announcements

   IM – where plotting happens on the fly
                  Basic Rules
   Only write your own character
   No plots that involve others unless they agree
   No killing off other characters!
   “Ratings” for posts/behind cuts
   Fanfiction copyright issues and the appeal of
    playing HP, Naruto, etc.
   Folk and fairy tales, mythology, non-
    copyrighted characters like Shakespeare’s
    Romeo and Juliet
   Genre fiction conventional characters like your
    own made up superhero
    Why Book-Based RPGs Rock
   They reward reading in depth
   “Role play is provocation to bring in
    knowledge from other sources and map it onto
    the game” – Henry Jenkins (7/22/07)
   Screen time that’s a social connection
   They attract lurkers
   They let kids create and accomplish
            Kit Ward-Crixell
   Email