The goal of Scratch is Missing is to introduce basic computer programming concepts while building upon existing skills in writing and creative thinking. I chose Scratch as the primary tool because it is designed for those new to programming and it’s genuinely a great tool!. I want students to further explore Scratch and develop a greater understanding of computer programming. See all the programming concepts and skills supported in Scratch.
Scratch is Missing is a writing/programming exercise disguised as a mystery game. The mystery is solved by your students using the Scratch programming language. It can be used as a classroom activity for introducing computer programming and practicing writing and story structure. It is aligned with multiple common core standards. This website includes storyboard templates, planning worksheets and links to example projects. Everything is free to use and distribute.
Below is an example rubric that includes four levels. Each level offers opportunities to further develop the story through the introduction of additional characters, scenes, sentences and interactivity. Levels 3 and 4 introduce the concept of multiple story branches where the story is split into multiple paths, giving reader a choice of which path to follow. Each branch could have its own ending or lead back into one main ending. This is only an example.
|Student Level||Branches (Paths)||Additional Characters||Additional Scenes||Sentences per Scene||Interactive Elements|
Interactive elements respond to user input or on-screen events. Examples include: scene navigation, animation, sprite communication (messages), keyboard interaction, user input, variable. This requires knowledge of Scratch Events (a.k.a. Hat Blocks).
Feel free to print and use these materials in your class:
Storyboards: (connect multiple storyboards as needed)