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Finding The Treasure

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Reading and Writing

Read and respond to the text, use the map from the book to find buried treasure in Minecraft, and learn about clauses to write a newspaper report.

avatar Submitted By: Litcraft

May 7, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Treasure Island World File

Treasure Island world in Minecraft to support lessons.

Supporting Files

The Treasure Hunt


Lesson plan and additional resources.

Learning Objectives

  • To use the “Point, Evidence, Explanation” prompt when answering questions about a text.
  • To compare characters within a text.
  • To identify and properly use different types of language devices found in newspaper reports.

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

Students listen to the extract from Treasure Island which leads up to the pirates discovering that the treasure is gone. They follow the text and then re-read the text with a partner taking turns to read a paragraph and helping each other with any difficult vocabulary.

Put students into groups and ask each group to focus on one of these questions (differentiate by the complexity of the question that you assign to each group):

  • How does Long John Silver behave in this section of the text? What does his behavior reveal about him as a character?
  • How is Jim feeling in this part of the story? How is this similar, or different, to the other characters in the text?
  • How does the knowledge that they are getting near to the treasure alter the way that the pirates are acting in the text? Why have their actions changed?
  • What has happened at this location in the book in the past? Why might it be significant to what is currently happening in the story?
  • What are the different ways that the author builds tension in this section of the text?

Characters’ Responses

Share a passage from the book that describes the different characters’ reactions to not finding the treasure.

Students work in pairs and complete a copy of the Resource - Think, Say, Feel Worksheet (Found in attached zip file: Lesson 3 - The Treasure Hunt Resources,  Reading Resources).

For each of the characters – Long John Silver, Merry, Jim - they use evidence from the text to think about what each of these characters might think, say and feel in response to the discovery that the treasure is missing.

Ask for feedback from the class. Why did different characters respond to the situation differently? What does this tell us about the characters’ different motives at this point in the narrative?

Explain that next the children are going to have experience of investigating and discovering what really happened to the treasure!

Student Activities

Start by loading the attached Minecraft world file.

Immersive Activity: Finding the Treasure

  • Have students re-read the description of where the treasure is buried that was written on the back of the map (Found in attached zip file: Lesson 3 - The Treasure Hunt Resources).
  • On the map of Treasure Island identify three crosses that tell you where the treasure, arms and silver are buried on the island.
  • In the Minecraft Treasure Island world, open Chest 4, Search for the Treasure.
  • Follow the instructions to help you find the three sites where treasure is hidden on the island.
  • Dig up all you can and bring it back, along with Ben Gunn’s Journal.

Writing Task: Newspaper Report

Feature Hunt

Explain to the students that they are going to write a newspaper report based on Ben Gunn’s theft of the treasure and the pirates’ reactions to discovering the treasure had been stolen.

Give the children a range of different newspaper articles from real newspapers.

Children work in groups and identify the common textual features of this type of text.

As a class, come up with a features checklist for a newspaper report.

Once this list is correct, children discuss the function of each of these features e.g. What does the headline/picture caption/subheading/first paragraph/final paragraph do? Why is there direct speech?

Children annotate a copy of a newspaper article that they have been given. They label each of the features and write a description of its purpose.

Identify the different types of language devices used in newspaper reports such as:

  • Embedded clauses.
  • Direct speech with the reporting clause in different places.
  • Linking words/phrases (including adverbials)
  • Modal verbs
  • Use of the passive voice
  • Range of sentences of different lengths for effect.

Look at examples of first paragraphs from real newspaper reports. What information do they contain? Hopefully children will come up with “Who? When? Where? What? Why?” (5Ws).

Revisit Ben Gunn’s journal: “How I Found the Treasure” that the children found in the game. Can they identify the information that they need for the first paragraph of their newspaper report? Write this up on the flip chart.

Teacher models how to write a first paragraph of a newspaper report and includes embedded clauses in the model.

Students write the first paragraph of their newspaper report on whiteboards ensuring that they include at least one embedded clause and the 5Ws

Example: “A castaway, named Ben Gunn, has stolen £700,000 worth of gold from a hidden location on Treasure Island. The theft, which came to light yesterday, is thought to be the largest of its kind in the history of the Island.”

Peer improvement of first paragraph then children add to the newspaper template (Found in attached zip file: Lesson 3 - The Treasure Hunt Resources, Writing Resources).

Performance Expectations

  • Students are active participants in each activity.
  • Students are able to use the “Point, Evidence, Explanation” prompt when answering questions about a text.
  • Students are able to compare characters within a text.
  • Students are able to identify and properly use different types of language devices found in newspaper reports.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Treasure Island World File

Treasure Island world in Minecraft to support lessons.

Supporting Files

The Treasure Hunt


Lesson plan and additional resources.