Remember Choose Your Own Adventure Books or Games? A new feature in Google Forms now lets users branch multiple choice responses so that each response leads you to a different page. There are many potential applications for this in the classroom, but branching allows someone to craft a Choose Your Own Adventure story.
When drafting a Google Form, the creator can write part of a story in the “Page Description” box. Underneath that text block, the reader can be given selection of choices. Each of these selections give the reader the option to choose what will happen next in the story. By checking the option “Go to page based on answer”, the creator can decide where each possible answer leads.
Because the Google Form makes the creation of a Choose Your Own Adventure Story very methodical, its necessary to plan out all of your options and where they might lead. I attempted to try this by creating a CYOA activity associated with a movie that we watch in class called ‘El Norte’. I thought that this activity might be a good thing to do before we watch the film. Anyway, as I started to mind-map my story and all the possible options, it easily got out of hand and complicated. These webs can get quite complex if you want them to. I would suggest that beginners limit themselves to only a few layers of options. My CYOA story required 25 pages in a Google Form and I tried to be conservative in the last few layers.
There are a lot of concluding activities that could accompany this type of activity: a discussion, written essays, going through it until you get a desirable outcome, etc. I think the educational impact of this could be great: making the student think about choices and consequences and what actions lead to different situations. I saw a lot of this application in Social Studies but think that it could be stretched to any discipline.
One thing that excites me about the ease of the Google Doc format is the fact that students could be writers of their own CYOA story. What a great activity! Make students draft out a series of choices and possible outcomes and put together an activity they can share with classmates. They could examine the choices made by Romeo & Juliet, or John Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, or a scientist working through a hypothesis. Just as in a Choose Your Own Adventure story – – the possibilities are endless!
My Choose Your Own Adventure Activity: El Norte