Sarah Roman and Kade Wells are creating educational Dungeons and Dragons adventures and tools
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Kade Wells and Sarah Roman are two high school English teachers who spend a lot of time working to breathe new life into the authors found in standard English class curriculum. For the past five years, Sarah had worked to integrate microcomputers and microcontrollers into her room, creating high-tech projects based off of the readings. On the other end, Kade has been tirelessly working to incorporate Dungeons and Dragons into his room from the get-go. Both have had success in their rooms with instruction designed around experimental learning and are looking to really push the proverbial envelope with what is possible with their students. 

In 2017, Wizards of the Coast put Kade and Sarah in contact with one another, as both were employing the use of the roleplaying game in their classes. With Kade teaching 9th grade and Sarah teaching 11th and 12th, they have collective teaching experiences that range from special education courses, inclusion courses, honors courses, and advanced placement courses. For 2018 and beyond, Sarah and Kade are working to share their practices with the teaching community and build a network of educators who can rely on one another while trying out Dungeons and Dragons within the classroom. The game is a vast, highly mutable system, and they're aware that conversation is key in getting something like this off the ground. 


Jumping out of the third person, we've had our students create characters and immerse themselves into the campaigns we've created that are based on our texts. Essentially, the students have to know the texts well in order to battle monsters, make decisions, and interact with NPCs. They have the ability to mutate the stories, to change outcomes, and to affect the books' worlds in ways previously inaccessible to them. While it's a little more complicated than that, you're encouraged to take a look at the first draft of Sarah's Beowulf campaign ideas and Kade's presentation from his conference in Austria. After posting these items and drafts online, they got a lot of attention and feedback from educators across the country. With all these educators interested in running D&D within the classroom, we've decided to create adventures for use within English courses and a central location for instructional conversation.


These adventures will include:

  • Storylines mirroring that of the text or replicating universal themes and ideas
  • Applicability for all course levels
  • Well-researched content with citations and further readings
  • Printables and materials that teachers can use as stand-alones or in a larger unit
  • NPCs related (and unrelated) to the story
  • Monster stat blocks that fit the text
  • Writing tasks and assignments that fit into the campaign
  • Side quests
  • Tables for lessons based on inquiry, focusing on plot, diction, critical analysis, and syntax
  • Emphasis on appropriate literary techniques, terms, and devices

The central location will foster:

  • Educator growth and awareness
  • A strong repository for materials and ideas
  • A common meeting place to share classroom practices
  • A place to make suggestions and work with one another 

Ultimately, we're hoping to create a website, a series of adventures, and materials that any teacher can pick up and jump into if they're looking to run campaigns in class. Truthfully, we've found that our students are remembering plots points and characters far better, and we're certainly laughing together a lot more. 

Links of interest:


Thank you for taking the time and stopping by the page!
Tiers
Supporter List
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
All supporters at this level will be published at the front of each adventure, making sure to highlight the people around the world that make things like this possible. Also, you'll get access to drafts of our work and portions of the text as we finish them up. 
Vote for Next Adventure
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
We'll compile a list of books that are relevant for the adventure series, and supporters get to vote on which book should be adapted next. On top of that, your name is also listed on the supporter page in the front of each adaptation, and you have draft access. 
Ever Want to be an NPC?
$10 or more per month 1 patron
At this tier, you can submit yourself to be an NPC in the adventure series. You can pop up as either a merchant, traveler, quest giver, or anything else that comes to mind (and that fits into the overall story). You can choose your name, race, class, profession, backstory, and a quest hook. We may have to modify the character in small ways, but your persona will potentially be plaguing a multitude of high school students across the world. 


Additionally, you are listed in the supporter page, have access to voting for the next text, and draft access. 

Goals
$29 of $50 per month
This pays for our forum hosting, website costs, and our use of G Suite. Any extras will be put towards research materials, such as database subscriptions, academic and critical texts, and anything needed to implement the game within our classrooms.
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Kade Wells and Sarah Roman are two high school English teachers who spend a lot of time working to breathe new life into the authors found in standard English class curriculum. For the past five years, Sarah had worked to integrate microcomputers and microcontrollers into her room, creating high-tech projects based off of the readings. On the other end, Kade has been tirelessly working to incorporate Dungeons and Dragons into his room from the get-go. Both have had success in their rooms with instruction designed around experimental learning and are looking to really push the proverbial envelope with what is possible with their students. 

In 2017, Wizards of the Coast put Kade and Sarah in contact with one another, as both were employing the use of the roleplaying game in their classes. With Kade teaching 9th grade and Sarah teaching 11th and 12th, they have collective teaching experiences that range from special education courses, inclusion courses, honors courses, and advanced placement courses. For 2018 and beyond, Sarah and Kade are working to share their practices with the teaching community and build a network of educators who can rely on one another while trying out Dungeons and Dragons within the classroom. The game is a vast, highly mutable system, and they're aware that conversation is key in getting something like this off the ground. 


Jumping out of the third person, we've had our students create characters and immerse themselves into the campaigns we've created that are based on our texts. Essentially, the students have to know the texts well in order to battle monsters, make decisions, and interact with NPCs. They have the ability to mutate the stories, to change outcomes, and to affect the books' worlds in ways previously inaccessible to them. While it's a little more complicated than that, you're encouraged to take a look at the first draft of Sarah's Beowulf campaign ideas and Kade's presentation from his conference in Austria. After posting these items and drafts online, they got a lot of attention and feedback from educators across the country. With all these educators interested in running D&D within the classroom, we've decided to create adventures for use within English courses and a central location for instructional conversation.


These adventures will include:

  • Storylines mirroring that of the text or replicating universal themes and ideas
  • Applicability for all course levels
  • Well-researched content with citations and further readings
  • Printables and materials that teachers can use as stand-alones or in a larger unit
  • NPCs related (and unrelated) to the story
  • Monster stat blocks that fit the text
  • Writing tasks and assignments that fit into the campaign
  • Side quests
  • Tables for lessons based on inquiry, focusing on plot, diction, critical analysis, and syntax
  • Emphasis on appropriate literary techniques, terms, and devices

The central location will foster:

  • Educator growth and awareness
  • A strong repository for materials and ideas
  • A common meeting place to share classroom practices
  • A place to make suggestions and work with one another 

Ultimately, we're hoping to create a website, a series of adventures, and materials that any teacher can pick up and jump into if they're looking to run campaigns in class. Truthfully, we've found that our students are remembering plots points and characters far better, and we're certainly laughing together a lot more. 

Links of interest:


Thank you for taking the time and stopping by the page!

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Tiers
Supporter List
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
All supporters at this level will be published at the front of each adventure, making sure to highlight the people around the world that make things like this possible. Also, you'll get access to drafts of our work and portions of the text as we finish them up. 
Vote for Next Adventure
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
We'll compile a list of books that are relevant for the adventure series, and supporters get to vote on which book should be adapted next. On top of that, your name is also listed on the supporter page in the front of each adaptation, and you have draft access. 
Ever Want to be an NPC?
$10 or more per month 1 patron
At this tier, you can submit yourself to be an NPC in the adventure series. You can pop up as either a merchant, traveler, quest giver, or anything else that comes to mind (and that fits into the overall story). You can choose your name, race, class, profession, backstory, and a quest hook. We may have to modify the character in small ways, but your persona will potentially be plaguing a multitude of high school students across the world. 


Additionally, you are listed in the supporter page, have access to voting for the next text, and draft access.