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Game Day: Play and Praxis 12/14

The CUNY Games Network and the BMCC Faculty Interest Group on game-based learning will host its final meeting of the semester at BMCC on December 14th from 11am to 5pm in Studio 2 (inside S510 the Media Center).


We will bring in the holiday in style by playing a variety of well-designed board and card games such as Munchkin, Carcassonne, Coloretto, etc. Rather than any formal presentations, we may brainstorm how to apply the mechanics of these games (such as initiative, competition, roles) to our teaching exercises. You will also get a chance to meet colleagues in your discipline who are interested in collaborating on the creation of educational games, hear about grant opportunities, etc.


Last but not least, tasty foodstuffs will be provided.




The CUNY Games Network Steering Committee

(Joe Bisz, Kathleen Offenholley, Leah Potter, Maura Smale, Francesco Crocco, Carlos Hernandez, Lee Hachadoorian)


Directions to BMCC:

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich St and West St)

*You’ll need a picture ID to enter the building.

How to Catch River Crabs (Process Analysis Essay)

Created By Julie Sinn Cassidy


This is a “cut-ups” exercise where each student group receives a series of sentences that form a process analysis essay about how to catch live crabs. Their task is to determine the order of the essay based on the structure of the sentences and the general structure of a process analysis essay.

Lesson Goal

Students will learn to identify and practice using transitions, to logically organize a paragraph, and to write process analysis essays.

Teaching Document

Catch River Crabs-Directions