Download a free Minecraft story map for kids and use it to teach creative writing skills. If you’ve got a kid who loves to write stories, or if you are a classroom teacher looking to motivate and teach narrative writing, you’ll love this project. Recently a reader came to Healthy Family looking for a Minecraft story map. I immediately thought, what a great idea! It’s difficult to teach kids the parts of a story and put it into action when you are dealing with very abstract ideas. But what if you used something that they are very familiar with, like Minecraft?
Kids understand conflict when they are battling against a Ghast, a Creeper, or the Enderman in a Minecraft game. It’s easy to help them see the climax of their games. It’s the epic battle scene, the moment when they are white knuckled, screaming and shouting at the screen, hearts pounding, and sweaty palms frantically manhandling the mouse. Why not take the game and use it to your advantage? Show them the parts of a narrative using a Minecraft story map, and let them use their prior knowledge of the game to create fantastic stories to share with their friends. You don’t need to be an expert on Minecraft to use a Minecraft story map with your kids. If you just start a group discussion on the game you’ll get plenty of insight on the settings, characters, conflicts that can arise, and resolutions both realistic and in the fantasy realm. You’ll hear about the legend of Herobrine and the secrets of the Enderworld. All this stuff makes for a great narrative.
A Minecraft Story Map for Kids: Download free
This activity is two pages long, but if you download it you’ll get both pages in the one file.
Here’s a Sample Story Map Already Filled Out
You can use the activity just to teach parts of a story, or continue the lesson by asking kids to each complete an original short story based on their story map activity. Need to differentiate for special needs? Specify one antagonist and one protagonist. Give advanced students the option to take it up a notch. Have students with fine motor skills and auditory processing difficulties? Do a sample narrative for the class and assign a partially finished copy of it. You can also break the kids into groups and use a Jigsaw method to teach about Minecraft and story mapping.
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If you’d like additional Story Map resources just add a comment. Minecraft isn’t the only story map narrative idea to share in a classroom. Let me know what you are thinking and you just might see your idea in a new post in the future! You also may want to check out our Minecraft resources for parents and kids.
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