The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Education Resource Center
This Education Resource Center provides everything you need to maximize the reading, writing, and artistic opportunities The Exquisite Corpse Adventure story game affords the young people in your life. Not only do we provide direct access to the story game in both visual and audio formats, we also provide supplemental articles to inspire progressive storytelling and games, complementary reading lists to engage the inquiring mind of the most reluctant reader, and engaging activities to unlock the creative monster within even the wariest writer or artist.
This resource center is brought to you by the NCBLA and our colleagues at the Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University. We have designed these pages for teachers, librarians, moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas, guardians—anyone interested in helping kids read more, write better, and create stories and art that expand all of our universes.
Click on a category or scroll down to discover all our Exquisite Corpse Adventure education resources.
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Story Game and Resources
- The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Story Game
⇒ READ or LISTEN to all 27 episodes on Read.gov!
⇒ READ the interactive, page-turner version here.
- What Is The Exquisite Corpse Adventure?
Learn the history of how this engaging story game evolved from an idea to a national reading and writing initiative.
- Team Corpse: Contributing Authors and Illustrators
- Videos: Panel Discussions and Readers Theater
- Reader’s Theater Script of Episode 27 by Katherine Paterson
- Cheat Sheet of Settings, Characters, and Plot Lines
- The Exquisite Prompt: Classroom Writing Resources by Reading Rockets
Reading and Creating Progressive Stories
- A Guide to Progressive Stories
- The Progressive Stories Game
- The History of The Exquisite Corpse Art Form and How It Is Played
- Creating Your Own Exquisite Corpse Story Adventure
- Creating Your Own Brame
What’s a BRAME?! Read this short story by Katherine Paterson to find out. HINT: A brame is kind of like an exquisite corpse.
- Parent Tips for Encouraging Reading and Literacy Development
Activities and Discussion Questions…Episode by Episode
Because you know the young people you live with and work for far better than we do, we refrain from using age-level designations for suggested reading lists, activities, and discussion questions. In addition, we present activities and discussion questions for general use at home and in schools and libraries, hoping that you will use your own insightful creativity to shape the ideas and activities to meet the needs of the young people in your life.
Click each episode title for booklists; reading, writing, and art activities; and discussion questions for each episode.
- Episode 2: “The Lost Clue” by Katherine Paterson and James Ransome
- Episode 3: “The Found Clue” by Kate DiCamillo and Calef Brown
- Episode 4: “Dig That Pig” by Susan Cooper and Timothy Basil Ering
- Episode 5: “The Exquisite Corpse” by Gregory Maguire and Chris Van Dusen
- Episode 6: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!” By Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack
- Episode 7: “The Beast Pit” by Shannon Hale and Calef Brown
- Episode 8: “A Possible Solution” by Natalie Babbitt and Timothy Basil Ering
- Episode 9: “In Arm’s Way” by Nikki Grimes and Chris Van Dusen
- Episode 10: “Wolf at the Door” by Megan McDonald and James Ransome
- Episode 11: “A Second Arm” by Steven Kellogg
- Episode 12: “The Shadowy Abyss of Our Fates” by Lemony Snicket and Timothy Basil Ering
- Episode 13: “Out of the Cradle, into the Fire” by M.T. Anderson and Chris Van Dusen
- Episode 14: “Skills” by Linda Sue Park and James Ransome
- Episode 15: “The Gingerbread House” by Katherine Paterson and Calef Brown
- Episode 16: “If I Only Had a Leg” by Kate DiCamillo and TImothy Basil Ering
- Episode 17: “Speak, Memory” by Susan Cooper and Chris Van Dusen
- Episode 18: “The Regional Conference” by Gregory Maguire and James Ransome
- Episode 19: “Legs on the Run” by Shannon Hale and Calef Brown
- Episode 20: “An Angel Descends” by Steven Kellogg and Timothy Basil Ering
- Episode 21: “Anything at All” by Linda Sue Park and Chris Van Dusen
- Episode 22: “Meanwhile, Near a Meadow” by Lemony Snicket and James Ransome
- Episode 23: “Promises, Promises, and More Promises!” by Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack and Calef Brown
- Episode 24: “When Is a Door Not a Door?” by Natalie Babbitt and Timothy Basil Ering
- Episode 25: “Que Sera, Sera” by Jack Gantos and Chris Van Dusen
- Episode 26: “The Final Scramble” by M.T. Anderson and James Ransome
- Episode 27: “Over Easy” by Katherine Paterson and Calef Brown
- Reading, Writing, and Art Activities
Direct links to specific activities created for each episode that can be used with other episodes or literary works.