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My Shore Adventure

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Reading and Writing

Gather information about a character using point, evidence and explanation, build vocabulary, and write descriptive sentences.

avatar Submitted By: Litcraft

May 7, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Treasure Island World File
https://aka.ms/TreasureIsland

Treasure Island world in Minecraft to support lessons.

Supporting Files

My Shore Adventure


Lesson plan and additional resources.

Learning Objectives

  • To gather information about a character using point, evidence and explanation.
  • To generate high-quality adjectives to describe a character.
  • To ‘catch’ vocabulary from a classic text.
  • To generate sentences to describe Treasure Island.

Guiding Ideas

This series of lessons is designed to help teach English Language Arts concepts through the study of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Reading and Responding

Children listen to the extended extract from Treasure Island and follow the text.

  • [Provided in attached zip file, Lesson 1 - My Shore Adventure Resources, Extracts]

They then re-read the text with a partner taking turns to read a paragraph and helping each other with any difficult vocabulary.

Working together, the children highlight any phrases that tell them about the character of Jim. These can be sentences where meaning is direct or where it is inferred. Discussion and feedback.

Role On The Wall Activity

  • Can be done in groups or whole class.
  • Draw a large body shape on a piece of paper to represent the character of Jim Hawkins.
  • Children work in partners and, on post-it notes, they record facts that they know about Jim using the point, evidence and explanation prompt. These are stuck around the outside of the body. Feedback and discussion.
  • Children are given a different coloured post-it note and the record what they think they know about Jim using the point, evidence and explanation prompt. These are stuck around the outside of the body. Feedback and discussion.
  • Give children the synopsis about Jim to read with a partner. Can any more information about him be added to the role on the wall? How close were the children in their predictions about what sort of character Jim is?

Additional supporting activities can be found in the attached zip file.

Student Activities

Start by loading the attached Minecraft world file.

Immersive Activity 1: Scavenger Hunt

Students go to CHEST 1 in the game and pick up and read the book inside.

Instructions:

Find as many of these items as you can and be the first team back!

-  A compass

- Leather armor

- As good a tool as possible

- As good a weapon as possible

- A piece of cooked food

- A melon

- A pumpkin

- A jewel

- Catch and tame a parrot

- Catch a fish.”

Immersive Activity 2: Compass Challenge

Students go to CHEST 2 in the game and pick up the compass.

For this challenge they must locate each point of the compass by finding it on beacons around the island.

Collect the coins and write down the phrases on a sheet of paper.

Students should look up or work out the meaning of any words you do not know.

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  • Perhaps it was this – perhaps it was the look of the island with its grey, melancholy woods, and wild stone spires . . . [W]
  • The place was entirely land-locked, buried in woods . . . the hilltops standing round at a distance in a sort of amphitheatre, one here, one there. [S]
  • In a jiffy I had slipped over the side [N]
  • I had now come out upon the skirts of an open piece of undulating, sandy country, about a mile long dotted with a few pines . . . [NW]
  • Then I came to a long thicket of these oak-like trees. The foliage was compact like thatch. The thicket stretched down from the top of one of the sandy knolls . . .[SE]
  • Only the rustle of the redescending birds and the boom of the distant surges disturbed the languor of the afternoon. [E]
  • Instantly I began to extricate myself and to crawl back with what speed and silence I could manage. [NE]
  • Raising my head to an aperture among the leaves, I could see clear down into a little green dell beside the marsh [SW]

Writing Activity:

Discuss how Jim’s experience of the Island in the book compares to their experience inside of the game. What places can they see on the map? What did Jim see in his account? What did you see when you visited the Island in the game?

Teacher models how to write a paragraph with fronted adverbials to sequence events in the correct order. Discuss importance of flow and that not every sentence should start with a fronted adverbial – include examples in the model that don’t. This paragraph will be the second paragraph following on from the description of the island and, as such, teacher will need to discuss how to link the first and second paragraph so that the piece reads well.

Children write their own paragraph about of what they did on the Island,

Performance Expectations

  • Students are active participants in each activity.
  • Students are able to gather information about a character using point, evidence and explanation.
  • Students will be able to write their own version of exploring Treasure Island based on their experience in the game and on Jim’s account.

 

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Treasure Island World File
https://aka.ms/TreasureIsland

Treasure Island world in Minecraft to support lessons.

Supporting Files

My Shore Adventure


Lesson plan and additional resources.