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Fairy Tale Reimagined

3-5 yrs old

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

Art and Design

Reading and Writing

World Languages

This lesson is designed to provide an opportunity to mix world building with sotrytelling while using many of the Minecraft: Education Edition tools.

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Submitted By: Steve Isaacs

February 2, 2017

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

This is where external links are collected. For example, youtube videos or step by step tutorials on the link and description.

Grimm's Fairy Tales
https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/

Extensive list of Grimm's Fairy Tales with links to the text for each.

Aaron Shepp's Folk Tales
http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/folk.html

List of folk tales provided by Aaron Shepp with links to text for each.

Aesop's Fables
http://aesopfables.com/

List of Aesop's Fables broken into different sections. Over 650 fables. Text for each and audio available for many.

Storynory Fairy Tales
http://www.storynory.com/archives/fairy-tales/

Collection of fairy tales and fables including Aesop, The Brothers' Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, etc.

Supporting Files

Minecraft: Education Edition toolbar


Narrative tools loaded into the toolbar

/op command


screenshot of /op command

/ability worldbuilder command


screenshot of /ability worldbuilder command in use

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)

Guiding Ideas

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 Activities

Teacher demo:

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

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.

Performance Expectations

All students will submit a completed story as a .mcworld file. Expectations include the following:

  • Story is complete and a player can travel through the entire story
  • Directions for the player are clear - it should be clear where to go, what to do, etc. so a player doesn't get lost in the world
  • A variety of narrative / story telling tools should be used throughout including:
    • slate
    • poster
    • board
    • sign
    • NPCs
  • Students should use the fill and/or clone tool to make building more efficient
  • Optional: add interactive elements with redstone

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

This is where external links are collected. For example, youtube videos or step by step tutorials on the link and description.

Grimm's Fairy Tales
https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/

Extensive list of Grimm's Fairy Tales with links to the text for each.

Aaron Shepp's Folk Tales
http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/folk.html

List of folk tales provided by Aaron Shepp with links to text for each.

Aesop's Fables
http://aesopfables.com/

List of Aesop's Fables broken into different sections. Over 650 fables. Text for each and audio available for many.

Storynory Fairy Tales
http://www.storynory.com/archives/fairy-tales/

Collection of fairy tales and fables including Aesop, The Brothers' Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, etc.

Supporting Files

Minecraft: Education Edition toolbar


Narrative tools loaded into the toolbar

/op command


screenshot of /op command

/ability worldbuilder command


screenshot of /ability worldbuilder command in use

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