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Shipwrecked

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Reading and Writing

Help the Family by striping the wreck and moving the items up to the Tree House.

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avatar Submitted By: Litcraft

September 26, 2019

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Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Minecraft world file

Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson world to support lessons.

Litcraft Website

LITCRAFT uses the popular Minecraft gaming platform to build accurate scale models of authorial maps from classic works of literature.

Java World

Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Minecraft world file for Java editions of Minecraft.

Supporting Files

Shipwrecked


Full lesson plan and additional activities.

Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Extracts


Extracts from Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson to support activities.

Learning Objectives

  • To read and scan for information.
  • To compare information across texts.
  • To agree through discussion.

Guiding Ideas

This series of lessons is designed to help teach English Language Arts concepts through the study of "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe, and "The Swiss Family Robinson" by Johann Wyss.

Split the class in half – one half to focus on RC and the other on SFR – they will swap later.

Give pupils the scavenging extract from the relevant text. They read the extract with a  partner, helping each other out with any tricky words.

Set a timer. Pupils have to read the passage again to scan for information and quickly  identify and highlight the objects that the characters scavenge from the wreck. Make a list  of these objects.

Repeat the two steps above with the extract from the text that pupils have not yet worked  with.

Pupils work in groups or pairs and compare the lists of items from both texts. They consider  the following:

  • Are there any items on the lists that you  are unsure of or don’t know what they are?  If so, find out.
  • What types of items did the characters take  from the wrecks? Why do you think they  chose these items?
  • Which items are on both lists?
  • Which list is better and why?
  • What is missing off these lists that the  characters might need?

Feedback to the class.

Finish by asking pupils to identify what items they  would scavenge if they were shipwrecked TODAY.  What types of items would be important and why?  How different would it be from the past?

Comprehension

Give pupils the extract from Robinson Crusoe.

Encourage them to use the Point, Evidence Explanation (P.E.E.) prompt when providing their  answers to the following:

  • Why does Crusoe eat as he “goes about other things”?
  • Why does Crusoe need to drink a “large dram of rum”?
  • How does Crusoe plan to transport his provisions from the ship to the island?
  • Why can’t Crusoe take the barley and wheat with him?
  • Why might the rigging and the sails be useful to Crusoe? What do you think he  might be planning to do with these items?

Student Activities

Start by loading the Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Minecraft world file found in the resources section.

Swim out of the wrecked ship and follow the lanterns to the shore. Open the chest marked Task 1

In Game Activity: Stripping the Wreck

Transcript of in game book:

Congratulations on making it safely ashore to Swiss Family Robinson Island.

The Family have two bases established on the island:

  • Tent House (on the shore)
  • Tree House (inland)

They are concerned that items might get wet or damaged if left in Tent House.

Help them by moving the items on the list below up to Tree House, using the booklet map to help you locate it.

  • Fishing rods and tridents
  • Torch lights
  • 3 different helmets
  • A water bucket
  • 4 different tools
  • Some food

Also, some animals survived the wreck and swam safely ashore. Catch any two kinds of animal and get them safely over to Tree House, ensuring that once there they cannot escape.

The Family would also like to enlarge the Tree house base. Build an additional two rooms somewhere in the tree. These should have easy access from the existing house as well as to the ground.

What are the most important things to consider in the design?

FOLLOW UP ACTIVITIES:

  • Create a survival toolkit of the essential items needed on a desert island. Encourage the inclusion of items from the text as well as the pupils’ own items.
  • Make a ‘desert island disks’ type radio programme where pupils interview the characters from the text and discuss why they have chosen some of the items they have scavenged from the ship.

Performance Expectations

  • Students are active participants in each activity.
  • Students are able to read and scan for information in a text.
  • Students are able to To compare information across texts.
  • Students are able to agree through discussion.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Minecraft world file

Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson world to support lessons.

Litcraft Website

LITCRAFT uses the popular Minecraft gaming platform to build accurate scale models of authorial maps from classic works of literature.

Java World

Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Minecraft world file for Java editions of Minecraft.

Supporting Files

Shipwrecked


Full lesson plan and additional activities.

Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson Extracts


Extracts from Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson to support activities.

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