Remember these? When I was a kid, my favorite books were Choose Your Own Adventure books. I loved having the ability to change the story based on my decisions. The story ended badly many, many times but then I went back and reread some of the book after choosing a different path. They were fun and engaging. You can still find some of these classic CYOA books online at places like Chooseco.
How cool would it be if our students could write their own Choose Your Own Adventure books? Well, with these two easy to use tools, they can. Now, keep in mind…at each of these sites, the public is welcome to submit their own stories so some of the content available there may not be suitable for all readers.
ChooseYourStory.com is a community-driven website centered on Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style storygames. Members create their own storygames, read and comment on other members’ storygames, participate in the forum, and improve their writing ability.
ChooseYourStory.com is your source for online interactive fiction – with members all around the globe.
This one is my favorite. Dendrite is an online, choose-your-own-adventure book that you can both read, and write. This allows you, the reader and author, to participate in the story however you see fit. The stories branch through various pathways, with endless potential to read, write, re-write, edit, and change the story to make it truly your own. Find your way through other authors’ stories, and pick up where they left off, creating your own thrilling plot lines to pique your interest.
Dendrites, from the Greek δένδρον (meaning tree), are spindly tentacles which connect the nucleus of one brain cell to another, very similar to the way that links on Dendrite connect the pages of each story. The dendrites form a significant part in growth and learning in the brain, and slowly extend to connect to other brain cells, forming new thoughts and memories in the process.
You, the reader and author, can take on a role as a part of the adventure—you can be a spy, a princess, a pirate, a rockstar, a ninja, a space cowboy, an explorer, a chef, a supermodel, a scientist, or write the story and watch it unfold for any and all of these characters.
Dendrite is a creation of Deuterium Labs.
Get ready to read and create at http://dendritestories.co.nz/.