Revolutionizing Literacy Education Using Multimodal Games

Game Lit Remix

Embarking on an innovative journey, the Masterpiece Academy is proud to present a pioneering initiative spearheaded by Krishna Cart as part of her Harvard graduate certification projects in Applied Learning Design and Ludic Learning. This project, Teaching Reading Comprehension Skills to Engage Learners Using Multimodal Games', aims to redefine the landscape of literacy education. We are set to integrate game mechanics, dynamics, and aesthetics into our literacy programs, encompassing test preparation and reading and writing classes for exams like the PSAT®, SAT®, CogAt®, NNAT®, TJHSST prep, and Academies of Loudoun test prep.

The Power of Games in Education

At the core of this project is the innovative concept of game literacy. Research has increasingly shown that incorporating game elements in educational settings can significantly enhance student engagement and motivation. According to a study by Hamari, Koivisto, & Sarsa (2014), gamification increases motivation and engagement, which are critical factors in effective learning.

Game Literacy and Multiliteracy

Game Literacy & Multiliteracy

Our approach is rooted in the principles of game literacy and multiliteracy. Game literacy goes beyond traditional literacy; it encompasses understanding and interpreting game mechanics and narratives, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In a world where digital media is predominant, multiliteracy becomes essential. It involves understanding, communicating, and interacting across various platforms and media.

A study by Gee (2003) on video games and learning emphasizes how games can enhance cognitive development, including problem-solving, pattern recognition, and systemic thinking.

The Impact of Games on Student Brains

Games on Students Brains

The role of games and play in education extends to significant effects on the brain. Neuroscientific studies indicate that game-based learning can improve cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and creativity. Bavelier, Green, Pouget, and Schrater's 2012 research highlights the capacity of video games to enhance the brain's adaptability and learning abilities, a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity.

Our Game Lit Approach

Our upcoming project will incorporate these principles into our literacy and test prep programs. Students preparing for critical exams like the PSAT® and SAT® will experience a novel way of learning that is both effective and enjoyable. Some of our  methods will include the following:

Interactive Storytelling

Contextual Understanding: Through stories rich in diverse settings and backgrounds, students will learn to grasp the context, enhancing their ability to infer meanings and understand different perspectives.


Vocabulary Development: Interactive narratives will introduce new words in engaging contexts, helping students expand their vocabulary and understand the usage of words in different scenarios.


Character Analysis: By exploring characters' actions, thoughts, and motivations within the stories, students will sharpen their skills in character analysis, learning to deduce traits and motivations.


Identifying Main Ideas and Themes: The stories will be crafted to help students identify the main ideas and themes, encouraging them to think critically about the underlying messages and concepts.


Making Inferences and Predictions: As students interact with the storyline, they will be prompted to make inferences and predictions about plot developments, honing their ability to read between the lines.


Summarization and Synthesis: Activities will include summarizing parts of the story and synthesizing information from different sections, improving their ability to distill key information and integrate ideas.


Critical Thinking and Analysis: The interactive element will challenge students to analyze the story, critique actions and outcomes, and reflect on alternative scenarios, fostering critical thinking skills.




Krishna Cart's project at Harvard University, which will be implemented at the Masterpiece Academy, marks the beginning of a new chapter in literacy education. By blending gamification principles with literacy and test preparation, we are not just enhancing academic skills but equipping students with the tools to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on this transformative educational journey!


  • Hamari, J., Koivisto, J., & Sarsa, H. (2014). Does gamification work? – A literature review of empirical studies on gamification.
  • Gee, J. P. (2003). What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy.
  • Bavelier, D., Green, C. S., Pouget, A., & Schrater, P. (2012). Brain plasticity through the life span: Learning to learn and action video games.

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