Characters All Around

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Digital Literacy

Reading and Writing

Inspired by meeting characters in-world, players will consider details that can help introduce character development in their own writing.

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July 16, 2020


  • Communication
  • Creativity

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Learning Objectives

  • Students meet three characters and tour their houses to make inferences about the characters.
  • Students analyze the characters’ homes and possessions in order to discover character traits.
  • Students develop ideas for writing and building characters.
  • Students write and build to develop characters.

Guiding Ideas

  • How do the details writers share about a character make them interesting?
  • How might we build character profiles in Minecraft to explore the concept of character?
  • What are some ways character development in Minecraft can inform character development in writing?


Student Activities

Teacher Preparation and Notes:

  1. Initiate a conversation with students about characters they know from books, movies, television, and legend. Who are the most interesting? Who are favorites? Why?
  2. Explain that students will meet three characters and should explore their houses and surroundings to make notes about each.
  3. Students should play in adventure mode until they’re ready to discuss their responses to the in-game questions, and their ideas for writing and building their own characters.
  4. The worlds, like stories, can be flash builds or epic projects, so a discussion of the writers’ and builders’ intentions should accompany the release of responsibility.

Student experiences:

  • Students meet a guide who will give them instructions and provide books to write in. Students will meet three characters in the game.
  • When students have completed their exploration and notetaking, they should share their character ideas that they can use in narrative writing and collaborative gameplay.
  • They can choose to write a paragraph based on a mentor text in the game, or develop a plan to develop a character in the game by building.

Performance Expectations

  • Students will be able to use their answers to the in-game questions to answer the “Guiding Ideas” questions above.
  • Students can develop individual ideas for writing and building before selecting and committing to a class or group world-building project.



  • Communication
  • Creativity

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