A battle for Japan Styled Writing Game. I've included a version for 'How many times you have played?'

Submitted by UonumaRobert

June 12, 2020

Inspired by: Battle for Japan

Estimated time: Full Lesson

This game follows the same rules as battle for Japan. I've included the version for 'How many times have you?'. On the demonstration screen for that version rather than clicking the cards to show the demo questions and answers you click on the little arrow. It does this so you can see a demonstration of how each group member should answer the question amongst themselves then write the groups answer with whoever has done the thing to most often.


TV and computer
Handouts for each students
Cut out colored business cards for each group
Dice and a box
Cut out Big Money cards (Optional)

How to Play

Demonstration Stage

At this point the ALT and JTE demonstrate the activity together using the example screen. One is red and the other green. I don't put the students into groups until after the demonstration.

Click on the questions banner to reveal the first question or the keywords that must be used in the answer. If the later the ALT will read the question. The JTL will answer the first question and then select one of the areas that has a number. Click on it until it turns the correct color. The ALT will also answer the question and select another numbered area and click on it until it matches the ALT's color. Then click on the question banner again to reveal a possible answer to do an answer check. (Note with the 'How many times' version you click on the arrow not the question.

Then continue to the next question. Click on the previous answer to reveal the next question or key words. The JTE will answer the question and select a new area. At this point explain that the new area must be adjacent to their previous territory or connected by an arrow. The ALT will then answer the question as well and select an area. This time the ALT will select an area already occupied by the JTE. To steal the area the ALT must roll a 6 sided die in a box and get a result of 4, 5 or 6. If the ALT does so then the ALT can change the color of that area. If not then the team is finished but doesn't gain a area.

Areas that are black do not require die rolls.

At this point check that the students understand and then break them into groups. This activity works with 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 or 9 groups depending on the size of the class. Each group will receive their worksheet and a color business card matching their color. There are only 4 colors so in classes with 6 or more groups, the groups will be allied with each other. For example in a class with 6 groups there will be 2 red, 2 green and 2 blue teams, in a class with nine groups there will be 3 red, 3 green and 3 blue teams. If the class breaks into 5 or 7 or 10 groups reorganize so that there are 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 or 9 groups.


Click on the next screen square to go to the main game screen.

Once the class is organized into groups tell the students that they will see the question and write their answer or they will see the key words, listen to the question then write their answer. They will bring their answer to the JTE to check it and then come to the ALT with their color card to select a numbered area. The ALT will collect their color cards after they've selected an area. This is so teams don't come up multiple times to answer the same question.

Once every team has answered the question or until a set time limit has been reached click on the question banner again to show a possible answer. Check that answer then continue to the next question. While they are working on the next question return the team color cards.

After the 4th answer check stage the ALT can introduce the Big Money Cards. I generally give each group between 2 and 3 cards to each group. Once a card is used they do not get it back. A group can use one card to either roll twice or take a second area.

The activity continues until all the questions are answered or the activity time is up. Most classes can finish between 12 and 15 questions in my experience. When it is over count how many areas each team has captured and the teams with the most are the winners. You can click on their color banner to reveal a victory screen for that color. The 'How many times' version has only 10 questions to allow for time for independent writing. In that version when you are on the victory screen you can click on the dancing animated gif to go to another screen with an example of the independent questions they can answer.


This tends to be a loud activity with students getting quite excited. Also since it is generally necessary to wait for each team to answer each question before moving on I recommend against doing questions that are too difficult. This works best if you keep it fairly simple. Castle battle and gang war are better for more complicated questions.


If you use a tablet such as an ipad connected to the TV I suggest not doing that with this activity. Bring a computer and connect that to the TV instead. It is my experience that the touch screen is too sensitive for this activity and can cause problems. If you usually use a mac with an apple mouse I suggest not using the apple mouse. It is again far too sensitive and can cause problems. It is a pain to have to reset the game if something goes wrong.

You can use this link to see a presentation that can help with editing my activities and making your own.

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