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Composition Games for the College Classroom names You’ve been Sentenced! one of the best commercially available games for teaching language arts

October 17, 2011

What is game-based learning, and why should writing teachers give it their attention? According to game designer, English professor, and co-founder of the CUNY Games Network in New York City Joe Bisz, game-based learning (GBL) is “an interdisciplinary, multimodal pedagogy that utilizes games and the deep learning principles embodied by games to increase student motivation, engagement, and performance.”

In the past few years, game-based learning has received well-deserved attention in the media (particularly at the K-12 level where learning through playing games is common).

Bisz himself has studied the principles of good games and how they connect to the principles of good teaching exercises. His site, Composition Games for the College Classroom, is a tremendous resource for picking and creating classroom composition games including commercially-available games.

Recently, Bisz created a list of the best commercially-available games for teaching four different areas of basic composition. In the grammar, sentence structure and parts of speech category Bisz suggested the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game, as well as and perennially popular Mad Libs.

To read more of Bisz’s game suggestions, rules difficulty, classroom setup, and the writing skills/pedagogical principles that the games address, please visit Composition Games for the College Classroom.


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