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.
September 26, 2019
Treasure Island World File
Treasure Island world in Minecraft to support lessons.
LITCRAFT uses the popular Minecraft gaming platform to build accurate scale models of authorial maps from classic works of literature.
Treasure Island Minecraft world file for Java editions of Minecraft.
My Shore Adventure
Full lesson plan and activities.
Treasure Island Excerpts
Resources and map.
This series of lessons is designed to help teach English Language Arts concepts through the study of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
Reading aloud/shared reading of extended extract ‘My Shore Adventure’
Students re-read the extended extract with a partner taking turns to read a paragraph and help each other with any difficult vocabulary.
Additional supporting activities can be found in the attached PDF file.
Start by loading the Treasure Island Minecraft world file found in the resources section.
Immersive Activity 1: Scavenger Hunt
Students go to CHEST 1 in the game and pick up and read the book inside.
Find as many of these items as you can and be the first of your crew (friends) to return
- A compass
- Leather armour
- A solid tool
- A solid weapon
- Some cooked food
- An apple
- Some grog
- A jewel
- A parrot companion
- A caught fish.
Remember to also bring along your journal from this chest to record how you acquired each item necessary for a pirate’s life.
[Children also pick up Journal]
CABIN BOY’S JOURNAL
As the ship’s cabin boy (or girl) you are charged with writing a description of the island for the first mate. Write down your experience of the island - what you see, hear, think and feel as you journey about to find the items.
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES: ‘MY SHORE ADVENTURE’
Follow-up reading activity:
Now the children have experienced being Jim in the game can they add anything about his character to the role on the wall? In particular, can they infer anything about how he might have been feeling at this point in the text from their experiences in the game?
Follow-up writing activity:
Children write a first-person account of their experiences of exploring Treasure Island based on their experience in the game and on Jim’s account.
*This writing activity should develop over a sequence of lessons and include sentence level development work and modelling of good practice.
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