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Writing and Literacy Lessons

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  • Design a Quest Chain (Download the Full Lesson - Word Format) - by Helga Brown - Aligned to NC English II Standards
    •      Design a quest chain, based on your experience with other quests in the game. The chain must involve at least two different areas in the zone and have at least five steps. Write all the dialogue that the NPCs involved in the quest would say. Make sure you indicate the quest requirements and the steps involved in the quest. You can research quest chains using one of the online quest helper databases like WoWWiki, Thotbott, etc.


  • Writing Directions (Download the Full Lesson - Word Format) - by Helga Brown - Aligned to NC English I Standards
    •      In this lesson students create step by step travel directions from their starting location to the Night Elf Mohawk promotional NPC. This lesson involves using a word processor to type up the written directions but also includes using presentation software and screen captures to create a graphic aid to accompany the directions.


  • Creative Writing:  Write a short story, set in the world of Azeroth, from your character's point-of-view.  This story can be told in either the 1st or 3rd person. 
    • You might, for example, describe how your character came to be who he/she is today.
    • You might write a story describing an event that your character either experienced while playing in class or it could be hypothetical.


  • Analytical/Creative Writing(?): 
    • Read the short story, _______ (short, heroic tale (section of Beowulf, The Odyssey, etc.)), how would the experiences of your character compare to the experiences of ____(hero's name)?  How are they different?
    • The Quest:  Read the story of ____ (story that involves a quest of some sort.)  How do the quests in World of Warcraft compare to the quest in ____?


  • Poetry:
    • In fantasy literature, the bard plays a key role as a traveling musician and storyteller.  What song or poem would the bards of Azeroth sing about your character's adventures?
    • Write a haiku about an experience you had in World of Warcraft.
    • (psheehy:poetry assignment as each new region is discovered-or song lyrics either written or identified--this can even be a rule - every time you discover a new region you MUST write about it - poem, song, diary entry, interview with a NPC, etc.) lgillispie:  Awesome!


  • Using the free, online comic creation site, _____ , create a comic using either your own art or screenshots from your game that tell a brief story using yours and your classmates characters.  You will have to work collaboratively to set up these screenshots.


  • Analytical/Argumentative Writing:  What group make-up (classes) would be best for questing together or for raiding _____ (dungeon)?  Provide evidence to support your view. 


  • Song Parody

     Take a popular song that you are familiar with. Then take the lyrics and create a parody that is based on World of Warcraft. For instance, on patch release days, sometimes they change stats for a particular class to even the playing field with other classes. This can be called Nerfing. Here is an example using the “Happy Birthday” song. Your parody could be a celebration or sarcastic response to the changing of a particular class’ spells or abilities or just a song about the world in general.


"Happy Nerfday to You,

Happy Nerfday to You,

You lost Siphon Life,

Now, let’s not QQ."


  • Dual Specs

If you created a second talent specification for your character, what kind of things would you have to change? Would you change your armor, weapon, spell rotation, etc.? How would your role in a group change? How would your solo play change?


  • Beowulf, Take Two (Download the Full Lesson - Word Format) - by Helga Brown - Aligned to NC English II Standards
    • Using the characteristics of an Anglo-Saxon hero and an Anglo-Saxon epic, rewrite a portion of the epic, Beowulf. Film it using your WoW avatars.
  • Straight from the Norse's Mouth (Download the Full Lesson - Word Format) - by Helga Brown - Aligned to NC English II Standards
    • Compare and contrast the Nordic mythology references in Northrend, with particular attention to the Sons of Hodir quest line. Then film an interpretation of one of the Norse myths using your WoW avatars.


Comments (5)

Helga Brown said

at 8:57 am on May 13, 2009

Does anyone know if the Latin America servers have all the quest text in Spanish? That would be an awesome resource for Spanish II or III students. They could either translate English quest text into Spanish and then "check their results." Or they could translate Spanish quest text into English...or just play for a week "immersed" in the language :)

Lucas Gillispie said

at 9:09 am on May 13, 2009

That's a great idea. You know, the reverse would likely be true as well. Using North American servers, with English quests, dialogue, and chat would likely benefit non-native English speakers. This may have been tested, already. Does anyone have a reference?

Peggy Sheehy said

at 11:35 am on May 13, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. -- Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®, its award-winning subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), will be released in Mexico, Chile, and Argentina on Friday, July 25. On that date, players in those countries will be able to purchase localized versions of the game and its expansion, The Burning Crusade®, as well as 60-day prepaid subscription cards, and begin playing on dedicated realms with the benefit of a Spanish-language customer-support team.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming new players to World of Warcraft with the release of the Latin American Spanish version next week," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment®. "In addition, we’re pleased to now be able to offer our existing Spanish-speaking community a fully localized version of the game with dedicated realms and support."

Current players on the North American World of Warcraft realms will have the option to download the Latin American Spanish language pack and transfer characters to the new Latin American realms. For further details, visit www.WorldofWarcraft.com or www.WorldofWarcraft.com/es.

With more than 10 million subscribers, World of Warcraft is the world’s most popular MMORPG. The game is currently available in English, French, German, Korean, European Spanish, and simplified and traditional Chinese. In addition to the upcoming Latin American Spanish version, a Russian-language version is in development and scheduled for release later this year.

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft and development of other games, Blizzard Entertainment is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities, including positions on the US-based Spanish-language team, can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobopp.
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jimgain said

at 12:53 pm on Jun 30, 2009

As a former Spanish teacher I created a toon on one of the Spanish-speaking realms. It was entertaining to see all of the general chat in Spanish. When I talked with a NPC however, the text was in English. I asked in general chat about that and the response was (doh) you have to buy the Spanish version of the game.

Helga Brown said

at 12:56 pm on Jun 30, 2009

Here's a question, or two. What if you purchased ONE copy of the Spanish version of the game and loaded it on one PC in the lab? Would everyone that logged into that PC get access to the Spanish version - OR - would it be account linked (like through battle-net.com)?

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