Guess the Sentence Papi Jo Version 1.5* released 26th November 2020
* nicknamed the COVID-19 version!
This is an adaptation of a language game to be played on paper or on a classroom blackboard, dating back to the 1970s. It was one of the very first games I programmed on my Commodore 64 in the mid 1980s. It went under the name of Guess It.
This new H5P activity is based on the H5P Fill in the Blanks activity, and follows the main standards of the H5P activities interface.
The user (student) has to guess a "mystery sentence" previously entered by the teacher, word by word. Each word entered by the user is compared letter by letter with the word to be guessed, starting from the beginning of the word. If a guessed letter matches the original letter, upon checking the answer, that letter is underlined with the equal sign (=). If the original letter's rank in the alphabet is situated before the letter typed by the student, the student's letter is marked with the < sign (look before). And in the opposite case, the student's letter is marked with the > (look after) sign.
The difficulty of the exercise resides in a number of factors. It is easier to guess a range of sentences which have been recently memorized in class. It's also easier to find a sequence of sentences which make up a complete text, song, poem, etc. It's not necessarily more difficult to guess a sentence made up of many words, as these words provide a context (within limits, of course).
New mode "Allow user to enter their own sentence" introduced in version 1.3
In Edit mode, the activity creator (teacher) can select one of 2 play modes, namely the default mode "Use available sentences" or the new mode "Allow user to enter their own sentence" (here after referred to as the "Own Sentence" play mode. The rationale for this "Own Sentence" play mode is to allow for a number of "players" (minimum 2) gathered around the same computer/tablet/phone to try and guess a mystery sentence just entered by one member of the group. This player enters their own sentence when their friends are not looking, then asks them to look at the terminal and play the game.
In Edit mode, the only Behaviour Settings parameter available to the "Own Sentence" play mode is the Case sensitive, which is default unselected.
In Play the activity mode, most of the game features described for the default "Use available sentences" mode are available. In the first phase of the game, the group member who enters their own sentence may also enter a hint and select the number of turns after which the Solution can be shown (or None).
Note that no limit has been set on the number of words to be entered, but obviously this number must be kept within reason (less than 10) otherwise the game will be too difficult to play.
An example content is provided here:
The sentence to guess is "Spring is in the air." A Tip has been entered for the sentence: "The first season of the year"
The Behaviour settings (parameters) for this activity are:
- Case sensitive Yes
- Enable "Show solution" button (available after 2 rounds) Yes
- Display the list of Guessed Sentences Yes
- Order of the sentences: Normal
Important Note.- In version 1.5 a number of features have been added, including the possibility to associate each sentence with an audio file. Also the possibility to enter word parts to be used for word combination. I need to update this documentation, any time soon (or later).
Treatment of special characters
Punctuation, Capitals, Case etc.
If the Case sensitive behaviour is set to Yes, then Capital letters must be entered in the player's answer as they have been entered by the activity creator. To help the player, if a correct letter is entered as lower-case where upper-case is expected, the mark-up line will automatically display the upper-case letter upon checking.
Ditto, any missing punctuation characters (apostrophe, comma, final full-stop, question mark, etc.) will be "given" on the mark-up line after checking.
It is possible for the activity creator to enter sentences to be guessed with the punctuation attached to words (the recommended display) or as separate "words". For example, "Spring is in the air." counts as 5 blanks, but "Spring is in the air ." counts for 6 blanks. Spanish inverted exclamation and question marks ¡ and ¿ which are placed at the beginning of sentences will be automatically "given" on the mark-up line.
Diacritics and digraphs
Any diacritics present in the words of the sentences to be guessed are classified in the same alphabetical rank as their equivalent letters without diacritics. For instance, the characters é è ë ê are considered to be in the same place in the alphabet as plain e. Which will yield this analysis: word to be guessed: mésange / player's guess:
=> =< =é
If the letter e is entered where é is expected, the letter é is given in the mark-up line.
Digraphs/ligatures are classified here with the same rank as the first plain letter in their combination, æ with a and œ with o. Which will yield this analysis and mark-up for the French word cœur:
Save content state
If the Save Content State parameter is enabled in the H5P settings on your site, the current state of the activity is saved upon exiting the page and restored upon re-doing the activity (for logged in users only, of course). However, if a logged-in user leaves the activity in the middle of guessing a sentence, the current various attempts are not saved/restored.
After a sentence has been correctly guessed, the user is given the choice of Trying the next Sentence or End Game. If a user clicks the End Game button and confirms their choice, the Final Summary page is displayed. If there were some sentences left to be guessed, upon resuming the activity, those remaining sentences are available (the previously guessed sentences are not presented again).
In the "Own Sentence" play mode, nothing is saved in the Save content state, of course!
- Currently only the English and French languages are available to the Editing interface.