Lesson Plan

Fairy Tale Reimagined

Recreate your favorite fairy tale in Minecraft. This lesson is designed to provide an opportunity to mix world building with sotrytelling while using many of the Minecraft: Education Edition tools.
Steve I.
Classroom teacher
William Annin Middle School
Basking Ridge, NJ
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Objectives

Learning Objectives

Students will recreate a fairy tale inside of Minecraft

Students will demonstrate an understanding of digital storytelling and guiding the viewer through a complete story experience

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the narrative tools in Minecraft: Education Edition (slate, poster, board, signs, NPCs)

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the world builder tools including the fill and clone tools

Students will publish their completed work to be shared with a global audience

Students will collaborate on the creation of their project and share responsibilities among a group

Students will utilize redstone and other elements in game to combine coding / engineering skills with storytelling (optional)

Subjects
English Language Arts
literature
spelling
writing
writing clearly
Math
Arts
design
playing
script writing
Grades 1 - 8
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Guiding Questions / Hook

Activity: Investigating

How can we use a tool like minecraft to create an immersive story experience for the reader?

Can coding skills / concepts be combined to create a more immersive interactive experience?

Student Instructions

Introduce students to the idea of using Minecraft as a storytelling tool;

Have students play through an existing student exemplar fairy tale (if available)

2 Direct Instruction: The Building Tools in Minecraft: Education Edition

Teacher will provide a short demonstration of the use of the world builder and narrative tools in Minecraft: Education Edition:

/op (op all partners in a group) - /op @a

/ability (provide all players with world builder ability) - /ability @a worldbuilder true

narrative tools: find and place in inventory - slate, poster, board, sign, NPC

short demo of placing and using these tools to develop story within Minecraft

Student Instructions

Students will practice using the tools; 

Student Challenge: Create a structure using the /fill tool. The structure needs to be hollowed out so students will have to use the /fill tool twice 

  • first create solid structure (first /fill command)
  • fill inside with air (second /fill command)

3 Recreate your Fairy Tale in Minecraft

Students will form groups and re-create their favorite fairy tale or children's story in Minecraft. Students will build the world and incorporate narrative. As an extension activity, students can add elements using redstone and other tools to create a more interactive experience for the reader.

Notes:

It is ok for students to modify the story. As a teacher, I tend to allow students to alter the general assignment as long as the general learning objectives are reached. When students ask to create their own story, I suggest that they stay with a story they know as it allows them to get right into the project, but if they are determined to write an original story that is fine as well. It is advisable for them to follow the guidelines of a well known story first and write and create a world based on their own story as a follow up activity. My students ultimately write a design document and create their own game, so this serves as a good warm up activity in terms of understanding the importance of narrative.

Student Instructions

Students will form groups and re-create their favorite fairy tale or children's story in Minecraft. Students will build the world and incorporate narrative. As an extension activity, students can add elements using redstone and other tools to create a more interactive experience for the reader.