Build Your Own Board Game!
Mrs. Austin’s seventh grade class was instructed to read the book Most Dangerous Game. This is a short story written by Richard Connell in the 1920’s. Widely anthologized and the author’s best known work. In this book the main character, a big-time hunter from New York, becomes shipwrecked on an isolated island in the Caribbean, and is hunted by a Russian aristocrat. The story is about a sardonic and ironic gothic inversion of the big-time hunting safaris in Africa and South America that were fashionable among wealthy Americans in the 1920’s. “The objective is to see how the setting effects mood and setting,” stated Mrs. Austin.
After the students had read the story, they were informed they would be making their very own board game! The students will be graded by board design, game pieces, written rules, a creative name, and story connections. The best board game will be judged and awarded with a ribbon. “I think it’s a fun act but it still teaches them, and learning needs to be fun,” commented Mrs. Austin.