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Ship-Trap Island (Part 1)

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

18+ yrs old

Reading and Writing

Use Ship-Trap Island to enhance inference skills and critical thinking skills before reading The Most Dangerous Game, writtten by Richard Connell.

avatar Submitted By: Ben Spieldenner

April 17, 2018

Skills

  • Character
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

The Most Dangerous Game (complete text)

The full text of the short story.

Ship-Trap Island Walkthrough

A video walkthrough of the Ship-Trap Island Minecraft world.

Supporting Files

SHIP-TRAP ISLAND


The Minecraft: Education Edition world.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will develop inference skills while assessing the digital world of Ship-Trap Island.
  • Students will provide evidence of inference skills.
  • Students will explore an unfamiliar setting to better understand a literary text.

Guiding Ideas

The short story The Most Dangerous Game, written by Richard Connell in 1924, is set in a world that is foreign to most students who read it. By exploring the setting before reading, students will become familiar with the setting through their own findings and adventure.

Student Activities

  1. Students spawn
    • suggested spawn points:
      • ship: 2737,68,128
      • mansion: 2872,84,171
  2. Students explore Ship-Trap Island over the course of 30-45 minutes.
    • Adventure Mode is suggested for Part 1.
  3. Students collect data of what they find on the island.
    • Through their camera & portfolio or in written format.
  4. Reflect on Ship-Trap Island exploration.
    • Discuss the following questions (discussion or as an assessment):
      • What oddities did you discover on the island and why might these be odd?
      • What was most shocking about the island? Why?
      • What assumptions can you make about the story based on your exploration?
      • Based on your findings of Ship-Trap Island, who are the main characters and what are they like?
      • Write a summary of what you think the plotline of the story may be. Be sure to use evidence from your exploration to justify your summary.

Performance Expectations

Students should be able to piece together a summary of The Most Dangerous Game based on their exploration of the island. Ship-Trap Island is also a great way to discuss how important setting is to a story. You may even want to discuss the difference between a one-sentence description of the setting versus exploring an immersive world.

Skills

  • Character
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

The Most Dangerous Game (complete text)

The full text of the short story.

Ship-Trap Island Walkthrough

A video walkthrough of the Ship-Trap Island Minecraft world.

Supporting Files

SHIP-TRAP ISLAND


The Minecraft: Education Edition world.