Learning Object / Suggested activities with students
In the main link is shared lesson plans, which can be used by anybody (https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/verona-adventure/
Here is one:
14-18 yrs old, Reading and Writing, Dramatic Arts/Theater
Students have to determine who is at the center of new fighting between the Montagues and Capulets.
Students will gather evidence from multiple in-game sources.
Students will determine credible sources.
Students will use evidence in an argumentative essay.
What happens years after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Did the inhabitants of Verona truly forgive one another? The Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet, leaves readers with a city previously plagued by the constant fighting of two powerful families. If the fighting ends abruptly how does Verona begin to function in this new peace? Students explore these ideas through an adventure that ultimately leads to an argumentative essay in which they attempt to regain their freedom.
*World created by Simon Baddeley
1. Show students the trailer for the Verona Adventure. https://youtu.be/MjkNN1cJyCE
2. Tell students the adventure will lead to an argumentative essay and that collecting evidence is key. Also, let students know that all of the information they need is in the game (including rubrics & outlines). *As a teacher, you can create your own rubrics and outlines- simply alter the commands for the NPCs in the jail (Globe Theater) to reflect the websites of your materials.
3. Have each student download the world and work through the adventure individually. The directions for the adventure are indicated by the Chorus where they first spawn. (Directions: Explore Verona, use the camera and portfolio to collect evidence, report to the Chief Watchman when they have uncovered who has once again started the fighting between the Capulets and Montagues.)
4. Give students time to explore (approximately 90 minutes), talk to characters, collect evidence, etc.
5. When students think they have solved the crime, they will go to see the Chief Watchman in the Globe Theater (also stated by the Chorus in the beginning directions).
6. Anyone who claims to have information will be thrown in jail as a suspected criminal because they are carrying gold (which a number of NPCs will give them throughout their adventure) which is from the destroyed statue.
7. Students must then talk to the two NPCs in jail as they give details as to how to become free. The only escape is an argumentative essay, in which students must state their innocence and give evidence as to who they think the criminal mastermind may be. *Spoiler alert: All clues point to Prince Escalus (who started the fighting because it was good for business), or E as he is often called. Prince Escalus is not an NPC in the world and thus they will not be able to get a photo of him. However, there are a number of NPCs that Escalus has hired to create a bit of mayhem.
Students should know how to take photos and label them in their portfolio. They must also be able to take screenshots of their portfolio or know how to export their portfolio as evidence for their argumentative essay. Students should be able to explore the map on their own as they investigate the crimes around Verona.
All of the necessary materials are in the game, so students should be able to complete the essay with no outside resources.