Lesson Plan

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Minecraft!

Students use immersive environments, apps and Minecraft to answer the question: How might conflict lead to changes in society?
Jennifer R.
Technology coordinator
Heathrow Elementary School
Lake Mary, FL
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will demonstrate how they feel conflict might lead to changes in society through a study of the Revolutionary War. Students will demonstrate their learning through a 3-D timeline within Minecraft and scripted machinimas that they write to explain their answer to the essential question within their build.

Social Studies
cultural understanding
Grades 4 - 5
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1 Hook

Students will begin by working through Mission US: for Crown and Colony. Students will take on the role of an apprentice and navigate the streets of colonial Boston. They will meet various players in the revolution and interact with them and in doing so, learn about specific events leanding up to the Revolutionary War.

2 Direct Instruction

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Students will choose an event from a timeline created on ThingLink. They will work in pairs to research their chosen event and then recreate that event in Minecraft all the while explaining how the conflict within this particular event affected change in our society. Students will also use their research to write a script to narrate their build in a machinima (see next step).

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Broadcasting

Students will use their research to write a script that accompanies a machinima of their build in-world. This script will not only describe the build, but reveal their answer to the essential question: How might conflict lead to changes in society? Students will work with the teacher to use Camtasia to record the machinmas.

4 Independent Practice

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Students will use their research of their chosen event in the American Revolution and how that particular conflict changed our society. In order to learn about this concept, students will create an "immersive timeline" within the 3D environment of Minecraft.

The teacher will pull students individually to record their screencast in Camtasia along with their narration script.

5 Wrap-Up

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After students film their individual machinimas in Minecraft and complete the voice over reading their scripts, the teacher will post the machinimas collectively using Prezi and YouTube.

Here are examples of final products created by students:

Freedom Seekers Group- http://prezi.com/w7yplxf2bu54/freedom-seekers-minecraft-project/

Liberty Builders Group- http://prezi.com/gb0q1othbaq4/liberty-builders-minecraft-project/