There are no characters, stories or plots which leaves it up to the children to create their own characters and stories. This is what I love, the children being able to interpret the kingdom in whatever way they feel. As a school, we have recently had a big focus on using picture books as a stimulus in Literacy to encourage the children to use their imagination and build on their own interpretations. Epic Citadel is a very similar idea except rather than a book, it is a computer generated kingdom. From the first moment the children explored the app they were completely enthralled by the game like structure and many felt they were playing a game despite there being no direction or story.
Before I started planning to use Epic Citadel I came across some websites from classes who have used the app before.
The Digital Teacher's Summary of the Epic Project approaching its conclusion.
Porchester Junior School's record of word abour Epic Citadel.
Tim Rylands' Pickpocket story See how he used the app to inspire writing here:
HOW I USED EPIC CITADEL TO FOR FICTION WRITING
I was initially going to base the story around Tim's suggestion, however it wasn't until a child asked why no people lived there did the class decide on their own direction for the story.
The literacy lessons all focused on narrative. I am hoping to do some non fiction writing using the app next half term but these were the sequence of lessons I did with the Year 5 class:
Lesson 1 - The children explored the app, they were given plenty of time to investigate and discover the world of Epic Citadel. They then generated a world cloud using the app tag cloud to make a word bank of descriptive words that could be used in future weeks.
Lesson 2 - Used the app Keynote for the children to write an opening for the setting using the Alan Peat "Imagine 3egs:" sentence.
Lesson 3 - Building on from the previous lesson the children continued to write their opening using a slow writing technique. They then saved some screenshots from the app and imported them into iMovie where they then narrated their openings over their pictures. We then used the app Aurasma to turn their videos into Augmented Reality Auras using their word clouds from lesson 1 as a trigger image - Read more about Augmented Reality here.
An Example of the eBook based on Epic Citadel from Davyhulme Primary School on Vimeo.
Another Project using Epic Citadel as the Focus - Multi-apping with Cloud Art, iMovie, String AR, Pic Collage, Comic Life, Puppetpals, Doink Greenscreen and Book Creator.
HOW I USED EPIC CITADEL FOR NON FICTION WRITING
- Exaggerated adjectives.
- Dare to disagree openers - Obviously, Surely, Everyone knows that..
- Deliberate ambiguity - Perhaps, maybe, possibly
- Opinions backed up by facts
- Rhetorical questions.
The efforts were really impressive and the children enjoyed using the iPads to create their leaflets. Please have a read of some of their efforts and let us know whether you have been persuaded to go to Epic Citadel for your holiday.
Art Lesson - We also used the iPads to create some Epic Citadel artwork using the app brushes.
There are plenty of other ways you can use Epic Citadel in the classroom and the links mentioned above have plenty of great ideas. Next half term, I hope to look at using the app as a focus for some non-fiction writing.