Using Kodu as a storytelling device: Kensuke’s Kingdom

Download video of animation here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kxgk4d26p5devzu/Kensuke%20Chapter%201%20Introduction.avi?dl=0

Download Kodu game file here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cyz0utpyqy4ubya/Kensuke%20Introduction%2C%20by%20%40KoduClassroom.Kodu?dl=0

Kodu is also effective as a storytelling device, not purely as a game development environment. Objects and characters in the game can have speech bubbles and can be programmed to respond when particular things are said. It is also possible to create cut scenes to explain some of the events that are taking place at a particular point in the game. The fact that you can design the world to look how you choose means that there is a lot of potential to use Kodu in subjects other than Computing.

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo is a popular book studied across the country by many children. You could give different groups a chapter to create on Kodu and then link the levels together to finish with a whole class playable version of the story.

Here is an example of how you could use this book as a basis for work on Kodu:

Chapter Ideas from each chapter to include in an animation or game
1 Create an animation or mini -game to explain the events of the beginning of the book. It should be a cut-scene that explains about Michael’s family life in 1988. You could include:

·         Michael’s promise to Kensuke

·         A football mini game in the mud (mud should slow players down)

·         Going sailing on a Sunday

·         The closure of the brickworks leading to the family moving south

·         Spending money on a boat

·         Barnacle Bill teaching them to sail but not liking children or animals

2 Create an animation or mini-game that is based around the events of this chapter. You could include:

·         Animals swimming in the sea.

·         Michael needs to complete his homework

·         It is very stormy.

3 Create an animation or mini -game to explain the events of the chapter, leading up to Michael falling into the sea. They could include:

·         Tankers going up and down

·         Storms and bad weather

·         Stella chasing a football around

·         A football mini-game on a beach

·         A passing yacht makes everyone feel sad and homesick

·         A visit to family in Australia

·         Michael, Stella and the ball fall in

4 Create an animation or mini -game to explain the events of the chapter. They could include:

·         Singing ‘10 Green Bottles’

·         Exploring the island, based on description in the book

·         Swimming in the sea

·         Being given food

·         Finding glass to light a fire

·         Shouting ‘thank you!’

·         Mysterious man appearing

5 ·         Meeting Kensuke

·         Kensuke covers fire with sand

·         A line in the sand that Michael can’t cross

·         Being attacked by mosquitoes that come out at night

·         Finding a hill and seeing a ship in the distance

6 Create an animation or mini -game to explain the events of the chapter. They could include:

·         Trying to get the attention of the boat

·         Collecting wood for the beacon

·         Stormy weather – hiding in cave

·         Crossing the line into the sea

·         Being stung by jellyfish

7 Create an animation or mini -game to explain the events of the chapter. They could include:

·         Being looked after by Kensuke

·         Going fishing in the sea

·         Activities with Kensuke – painting, singing etc.

8 Create an animation or mini -game to explain the events of the chapter. They could include:

·         Explanation of Kensuke’s past in Nagasaki with his wife and son

·         The war – the ship sinking

·         Atomic bomb falling

·         The coke bottle message hurts Kensuke’s feelings

9 Create an animation or mini -game to explain the events of the chapter. They could include:

·         Playing football with Kensuke and the orangutans

·         Saving baby turtles by chasing away the birds and carrying turtles to the sea

10 Create an animation or mini -game to explain the events of the chapter. They could include:

·         Men arriving on the island and killing the animals

·         Hiding the orangutans

·         Setting the fire

·         Michael’s family arriving and taking him back home

·         Kensuke is left on the island

 

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