A new method of teaching the literary and dramatic arts


Game playing and game design are emerging art forms that are extremely appealing to students. The ARTSEDGE Games platform is being developed as a new method of classroom learning that leverages gaming methodology mapped to existing curriculum as a way of teaching the literary and dramatic arts.

There are currently two ARTSEDGE Games modules available for games-based learning projects: The ARTSEDGE Role-Playing System and Romeo and Juliet: a Larp

Role Playing System

The ARTSEDGE Role-Playing System

The ARTSEDGE Role-Playing System is designed to teach students the process of creating a game, rather than focusing on game play. In this approach to the literary arts, students begin with an existing book or short story from the curriculum to create and present their own role-playing game (R.P.G.) using rules adapted from the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Players Handbook. Educators use The ARTSEDGE Role-Playing System to guide students in groups of 3-6 through game ideation, world building, rule making, and game running, all based on the selected source material. Students are also encouraged to incorporate visual arts, music, and theatre into their presentations.

A R.P.G. example entitled “Two Camps,” based on William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, has been created for educators to use as a model for student work; it can also be integrated into an existing unit on Lord of the Flies.

Live-Action Role Playing

Romeo and Juliet: a Larp

L.A.R.P. (Live Action Role Play) is a popular form of participatory game play. L.A.R.P. can be used as a method for allowing students to explore story and character while interacting with one another on their feet. Players agree on a set of rules and a shared reality to collaboratively tell a story using characters, locations, props, costumes, and basic theatrical improvisation – just like performers on stage.

A “Larp” guide has been created based on the ball at the end of Act 1 of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Students use the pre-determined traits of their assigned characters to improvise within the framework of the scene to discover new interactions, and if there are other possible outcomes to the dramatic narrative.

ARTSEDGE and the L. A. Theater Works (LATW) have joined forces to offer the LATW Romeo and Juliet drama app for free.

LATW's educational drama apps are digital versions of the play text synced to a recording of the audio theatre performance, which enable students to read and listen to a professionally produced play at the same time on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

Developed for use both inside and outside the classroom, LATW educational drama apps include standards-aligned materials, such as games, and quizzes, as well as special features and background materials. LATW’s educational drama apps provide students and teachers with access to quality digital instructional materials that are fun to use, engaging and deepen students’ understanding of core curricular content.

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