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Framed

BEFORE YOU START

Play the game by downloading the app from iTunes. It is currently not available for Android.

This game is a paid app. If you or your students would prefer not to buy the app, you can still do a version of this activity using a walkthrough video.

This promotional video shows how the game is played:

 

This walkthrough video shows you how to complete the game by moving the panels in each scene:

 

LESSON PLAN

Aim: for students to develop the skill of reading for detail, broaden their lexical range and practise using the dramatic present in storytelling
Resources: Framed game, at least one iPad or iPhone per 2-3 students or walkthrough video(s) on YouTube, worksheet
Age: 8-10, 11-14, 15-18, Adult
Level: B1+
Time: 30 minutes plus optional extension

PROCEDURE

Before the lesson

  1. Play Framed and write out the successful version of the story, i.e. what happens if you change the order of the panels so that the spy survives. Grade the text according to your students’ level. You could adapt this example for the first seven scenes:

One night, a spy lights a cigarette, picks up a briefcase and begins his adventure …

Scene 1

The spy is followed by security guard. The spy turns left and runs down a corridor. The security guard doesn’t see him.

Scene 2

The spy goes into a room. When he comes out, the door hits the security guard on the head as he bends down to tie his shoelaces. He enters the next room and, when he comes out, tiptoes behind another security guard, walks through a door and runs upstairs.

Scene 3

Two security guards come after the spy, and shoot at him. This time the spy jumps over a table, knocking it onto its side. Luckily, the bullets hit the table and not the spy. The spy crawls out from behind the table, runs away, and jumps through a window.

Scene 4

The spy uses his briefcase to slide down the telephone wire. Somebody tries to shoot him, but a pigeon, scared by the gunshot, flies into his face, and causes him to misfire the second time. The spy slides to safety.

Scene 5

The spy walks past the security guard and climbs down a pipe, so as to avoid the broken window ledge. He then walks up some steps.

Scene 6

The spy goes up some stairs, jumps, and uses a rope with a hook to swing over the logs before jumping onto a wall.

Scene 7

The spy goes up one flight of stairs, and then down another flight of stairs. He takes a hammer from the wall and uses it to hit the security guard. He then uses it to break into the building. He climbs out of a window, runs along the balcony and then climbs back in through a second window.

  1. Gap out the words for the key objects that appear in the story to make a student worksheet. For example:

One night, a spy lights a cigarette/pipe, picks up a briefcase/backpack and begins his adventure …

Scene 1

The spy is followed by security guard. The spy turns right/left and runs down a corridor. The security guard doesn’t see him.

Scene 2

The spy goes into a room. When he comes out, the spy/door hits the security guard on the head as he bends down to tie his shoelaces. He enters the next room and, when he comes out, tiptoes/runs behind another security guard, walks through a door and runs upstairs.

Scene 3

Two security guards come after the spy, and shoot at him. This time, the spy climbs/jumps over a table, knocking it onto its side. Luckily, the bullets hit the table and not the spy. The spy then jumps/crawls out from behind the table, runs away, and jumps through a window.

Scene 4

The spy uses his briefcase to slide down the telephone wire. Somebody tries to shoot him, but a pigeon/blackbird, scared by the gunshot, flies into his face, and causes him to misfire the second time. The spy slides to safety.

Scene 5

The spy walks past the security guard and climbs down a pipe/ladder, so as to avoid the broken window ledge. He then walks up/down some steps.

Scene 6

The spy goes up some stairs, jumps, and uses a rope with a hook to swing/climb over the logs before jumping onto a wall.

Scene 7

The spy goes up/down one flight of stairs, and then up/down another flight of stairs. He takes a brick/hammer from the wall and uses it to hit the security guard. He then uses it to break into the building. He climbs out of a window, runs along the window ledge/balcony and then climbs back in through a second window.

During the lesson

  1. Tell students they are going to read a story about a spy, and that the story has two versions: a good one, in which the spy is successful, and a bad one, in which he isn’t.
  2. Hand out the worksheet and explain that it tells the good version of the story, but say that there are some details you are not sure about.
  3. Tell students that this story is also an interactive game and that they are going to play it to work out which words are correct.
  4. In the same teams, students play through the game, using the text to change the order of the panels and choosing the correct words from the options provided.
  5. Once students have completed scene 7, collect whole-class feedback by asking different teams to read out the paragraphs.

TAKING IT FURTHER

Depending on your students and the time available, you could:

  • make the task more competitive by announcing that the winner is the first group to finish the game and complete the text
  • gap out the words and ask students to write in the words they think are most suitable
  • give students the full text but with 15 deliberate factual errors
  • give students the completed paragraphs in the wrong order, and tell them to play the game and reorder them
  • ask students to write both versions of the story, good and bad, in their own words instead of giving them the text
  • ask students to continue writing the story by playing the game at home.

OVER TO YOU

Do you feel you could use this lesson idea with your students? If so, how would you integrate it into your curriculum? How would you make sure your students used English?

Can you think of any other ways of using Framed in the classroom?

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