11-13 yrs old
Reading and Writing
Students capture images to represent fressons.
March 24, 2021
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The Mountain - Minecraft World File
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Minecraft: The Mountain Teacher's Guide
Additional ideas to provide vocabulary acquisition, discussion questions, fun interactive lessons, team-building activities and writing exercises.
About Minecraft: The Mountain
In the new official Minecraft novel from Max Brooks, a stranded hero stumbles upon another castaway—and discovers that teamwork might just be the secret to survival. Minecraft: The Mountain is a highly engaging novel for upper elementary and middle school students (Grades 5–8). The author uses Minecraft as a setting for lessons about friendship, teamwork, and resilience. Tying into these concepts and offering opportunities for deeper engagement this series of lesson plans can be taught in conjunction with reading the novel.
In the book, Summer adds an epilogue by outlining all 20 of Guy’s fressens at the very end. In this lesson, students explore the rest of the world including the Nether, and find additional features hidden there. Students then use their camera and portfolio to make a digital memory book of five or more of the fressens seen throughout the book by reenacting the scenes with a classmate. Students may use signs, build examples, or use the environment to showcase each fressen. Students capture each scene using the camera and add a caption with the fressen below. Students save the portfolio and submit it as their assignment. If multiplayer options are not available for students, they can choose to place an NPC to stand in as a friend or find a separate way to represent the fressen without a partner.
• How can you demonstrate understanding of the friendship lessons in the book?
Teacher preparation and notes:
• Standard(s) alignment:
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
o Ensure students have finished The Mountain by Max Brooks.
• Word list for the epilogue: angelic
1. Finish reading The Mountain by Max Brooks.
2. Login to Minecraft: Education Edition and open the world worked on previously.
Minecraft world exploration:
3. Students leave the mountain base and explore the rest of the world.
4. When ready to begin the final lesson, students visit the igloo (-2341 64 2872). At the igloo, an NPC greets the students and sets up the final lesson. Students read the dialogue in standard form or by using the Immersive Reader icon for accessibility: “Summer and Guy discover so many friendship lessons, called fressons. There are many examples of fressons throughout our lives here in the shadow of the mountain, and I remember them all. Will you help me share them with others?”
5. Students then select several fressons to demonstrate in the world. The teacher may determine a set number of fressons for meeting the standards of this lesson (five is recommended) or leave it open to the students for differentiation. Students may choose to invite another student to their world as a visitor to help complete these fressons, or students can work in partners or small groups for the entire lesson. If students need to work independently, they can complete this lesson using NPCs or by setting up a scene for the fresson instead of incorporating characters.
6. As students re-enact a scene to demonstrate a visualization of a fresson, they capture the scene using the in-game camera. The camera and the portfolio items are available to students from the NPC at the entrance to the mountain base or they can use creative mode to get the camera and portfolio now.
7. Once students have captured all fresson images, they open the portfolio by placing it in the world and selecting it. Students then write a caption for each image that includes the number of the fresson and its text. Example: Fresson 11 is Friends respect each other’s life choices. In the book, Guy is a vegetarian and Summer eats meat. A student could show one character holding carrots and one character holding rabbit meat.
8. Students submit their Portfolio by exporting it as .pdf and submitting the file to the teacher in a Teams assignment or other collection method.
Students create their own fresson to add to their portfolio.
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