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Inanimate Alice


Found In: language arts and literature, social studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Inanimate Alice is a digital novel with text, images, music, movie elements, and games suitable for students in grades 5-12. Six episodes have been completed and a virtual reality experience: Perpetual Nomads.

The ultimate goal is to complete 10 episodes spanning Alice's life from age 8 to her mid-twenties.

Each episode takes place in a different country (China, Italy, Russia, England) at a different stage in Alice’s life (8, 10, 13, and 14 years). Each episode has a progressively longer runtime and multimedia complexity (5,10, 15, and 30 minutes). In the first episode, readers are introduced to Alice and her parents, John and Ming, as well as Brad, an animated character Alice has created. Alice and Ming are worried because John is two days late returning from an oil scouting expedition in northern China. In this episode, readers can interact with Alice. Each chapter includes a new issue of Alice’s School Report with background information and classroom ideas for teachers. See Alice’s first report.

Starter Activities  (PDF icon PDF, 1.3 MB, 7 pgs.) This resource suggests activities and ideas relating to Episode One. Developed for middle school students, they can be adapted for older English language learners.

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