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"To Build a Fire" by Jack London

Ages 12-16
Published by UNCG SELF Design Studio  •  Posted 1062 days ago
Reimagine the short story "To Build a Fire" by changing the central conflict of the story.
English Language Arts > Literature - plot, conflict, protagonist
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World Details and Requirements
Created by: Christopher Walsh, Cathy Musci, Mike Renne
World version: 1.0
Supported MinecraftEdu Versions: 1.7.10
World Type: Exploration, Story


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Students read and analyze "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. The students, in pairs, create a dwelling that would have solved the conflict for the protagonist (snow, cold, wet) and leave objects in the house that would allow the protagonist to survive. They will have to journal their rationales for every Minecraft decision using in-game Book and Quill.

Group waypoints/stations have been set for 17 groups (34 students when paired). Students spawn into an unbreakable glass house to receive instructions and teleport to their group building area.


North Carolina ELA (7th grade) Common Core

Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).

Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.