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You’ve been Sentenced! Linking country music’s finest and the fight against illiteracy

March 12, 2012

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill with country music artist Billy Dean.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Billy Dawson.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor and country music artist Tracy Lawrence.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor and country music artist Ty Herndon.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Adam Gregory.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music group One Night Rodeo.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor and country music group The McClymonts.

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Best language games for use in the classroom? Teacher’s suggestions include You’ve been Sentenced!, Bananagrams and more!

March 10, 2012

Giles Pritchard is a teacher and a strong believer in the power that games can have in the classroom. On his blog, Castle by Moonlight, Pritchard recently wrote,

“Games can be a fun and useful tool for a range of reasons.  They be used to support or encourage literacy skills, communication and oral language, and of course logic and mathematics.  Most importantly they are a social activity; a shared experience that involves a range of interpersonal skills and interactions.  To me this is a fundamental aspect of what is unique to board and card games – of course there are programs and games that can simulate a similar shared experience, but board and card games excel in this domain.

I’m in the lucky position of having a reasonably large school game collection – we have something like 100 different games.  Over the years we’ve been building our games program I’ve tried to vary our collection to support different age levels, as well as ensure the games we have and use can be drawn upon to support a range of skill areas – especially language to mathematics.

This post I want to focus on a handful of those games I’ve used as a part of my literacy program.  I’ve often used games as a way of incorporating various language skills in an activity that is engaging and enjoyable – and when I use them it is not all about the learning – I want the experience to be social and enjoyable, but I do also want students to be thinking too…

You’ve Been Sentenced…This is a great game for sentence building – I’ve used this game as a one of the rotations a particular group might engage in over the course of a week. I’ve also used the cards in teacher directed lessons looking at the role of different word types within modeled sentences, or how verbs change, conjunctions are used and so on.  It is a challenging game for students who have difficulty forming multi-event sentences, especially as the best sentences often involves adjective, adverbs and so on – more complex forms of language that suit a learner of a particular level.  Nonetheless, it is a useful and specific tool, and as a game there is ample opportunity for the construction of amusing sentences – which makes the game experience enjoyable and interesting.”

To read more of Pritchard’s suggestion for using games in the classroom including Bananagrams, Word on the Street and more, visit Castle by Moonlight.

In addition to It’s how you play the game!  Susan Conforte McNeill also writes for the fashion site Susan Said What?! and is the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

You’ve been Sentenced! and Nashville’s brightest stars at the Country Radio Seminar

March 8, 2012

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill with country music artist Dustin Lynch.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Glen Templeton.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Jason Sturgen.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Jeff Bates.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Jeremy McComb.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Jeremy Parsons.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Maggie Sajak.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and country music artist Mark Wayne Glasmire.

WIN an official Cartoon Network Hall of Games gift bag at EXTRA

March 7, 2012

You've been Sentenced! is just one of the great items in this giveaway! Flo Rida backstage at the Cartoon Network Hall of Games Awards. The award-winning rapper is one of many celebs who received the event's official gift bag!

Want to live like the stars? Here’s your chance to win a fabulous selection of gifts that will get you started!

The television program EXTRA, hosted by Mario Lopez, is giving away one of the official gift bags from the Cartoon Network Hall of Games Awards. This is the same gift bag received by Tim Tebow, Hakeem Nicks, Michael Boley, Victor Cruz, David Beckham, Nick Cannon, Drew Brees, and more! The Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards Gift Bag, valued at over $900, includes the following products:

Enter at EXTRA.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

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In addition to It’s how you play the game!  Susan Conforte McNeill also writes for the fashion site Susan Said What?! and is the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

You’ve been Sentenced! + country music… now that equals something to sing about!

March 7, 2012

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill with country music artist Bryan White.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill with country music artist Buddy Jewell.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill with country music singer/songwriter Deborah Allen.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill with country music artist DJ Miller.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill with country music group Due West.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill with country music duo LoCash Cowboys.

You’ve been Sentenced! word game Sentence of the Week: March 5-9

March 6, 2012

Clearly (10), multi-lingual (10) Lash LaRue (5) mashed (5) the (5) solitaire (20) at the neighbor’s (5) in (Wild Card, 0) Asia (5).

Total cards used: 9/10

Total Points: 65 points

My explanation? In a fit of anger, good old old Lash actually lashed-out at his girlfriend, and stomped on her 2 carat sparkler! A mangled, mashed mesh is the result.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

Need more fun and games? Find You’ve been Sentenced! on TWITTER and Like us on FACEBOOK  for special offers, coupons, and insider gaming news!

In addition to It’s how you play the game!  Susan Conforte McNeill also writes for the fashion site Susan Said What?! and is the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait!

The You’ve been Sentenced! word game and country music — perfect together!

March 5, 2012

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and Jaclyn North.

You've been Sentenced! inventor Don McNeill and Jason Michael Carroll.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and Katie Armiger.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor Don McNeill and Taylor Made.

You've been Sentenced! word game inventor and Chuck Wicks.

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