Lesson Plan

Mining For Comprehension

Using Minecraft to Display Reading Comprehension
Heather H.
Classroom teacher
Assets School
Honolulu, United States
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to.

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. (R1)
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text. (R6
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations. (SL 5)
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (L1)


English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 – 12
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1 Hook

Let the students play by using Minecraft. Allow them to simply explore the world and work in groups if need be.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

While reading a novel, have the students note the enviroment and location of the novel. 

3 Guided Practice

Have the student research different areas of the world acquiring an understanding of a forest, city, dessert or island.

4 Independent Practice

Student use the Minecraft app to display their understanding of a setting in a novel. For example, while reading, Charles Dicken's a Christmas Carol, a student design Scrooge's house based off the information found in the book.

5 Wrap-Up

Using Apple Tv air-play minecraft project to overhead projector and the student guide other students around their projects.