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This I Believe

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Digital Literacy

Reading and Writing

Inspired by the NPR “This I Believe” series, this lesson supports players in studying “mentor texts” and then write and build their own ideas.

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July 16, 2020

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

This I Believe, National Public Radio

This I Believe was originally hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow from 1951 to 1955. The show encourages both famous and everyday people to write sh

This I Believe checklist

As you travel through the “This I Believe” Minecraft lesson, you should use this checklist to help you ensure that you find each mentor text. Please m

Learning Objectives

  • Students study “mentor texts” to support the development of “This I Believe” essays.
  • Students will take notes on a full essay, sample paragraphs and short sentences which will serve as examples of form and inspiration for young writers to develop their ideas.
  • Create ideas and supporting ideas for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Guiding Ideas

  • Studying published essays helps writers understand the type of writing they hope to produce.
  • Belief statements from essays can be represented symbolically or literally in a Minecraft world.
  • Youth can write or build belief statements, and the writing can be studied and published in Minecraft.

 

Student Activities

Teacher Preparation and Notes:

  1. Describe to students the origins of This I Believe essays (https://www.npr.org/series/4538138/this-i-believe), explaining the value of having many diverse examples to study.
  2. Discuss with students how their firmly held beliefs can be crafted in ways that engage readers.
  3. Encourage writers to identify general trends from the examples, as well as specific craft moves they notice writers using, so they can identify things to try.

Student experiences:

  • Students will have the ability to read or listen to up to 4 essays.
  • Students will be prompted in the game to take notes about what they notice and what they might try after studying closely:
    • A full essay;
    • An in-game depiction of some anecdotes from that essay;
    • Sample body paragraphs and introduction paragraphs;
    • Simple sentences.
  • After visiting 4 stations, students will be invited to build or write their beliefs in the game.

Performance Expectations

  • Students will take notes on mentor texts to develop their understanding of the genre.
  • Students will write and build belief statements in the game.

 

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

This I Believe, National Public Radio

This I Believe was originally hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow from 1951 to 1955. The show encourages both famous and everyday people to write sh

This I Believe checklist

As you travel through the “This I Believe” Minecraft lesson, you should use this checklist to help you ensure that you find each mentor text. Please m