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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. Four episodes are currently available. A fifth episode is in production. 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.

Bringing Inanimate Alice to Life in the Classroom (PDF icon PDF, 878 KB, 6 pgs.) is a case study describing how the novel was used in an Australian secondary classroom. The Teacher Education Pack with lesson plans and student resource pack requires free registration. The curriculum package is aligned to the Common Core State English Language Arts Standards in the area of Reading: Literature. Registration provides URLs for the Inanimate Alice Education Portal, as well as the 34-page Inanimate Alice Education Pack, Teach With Alice.

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