Imagine being stranded on a mysterious island. As the sun gets lower in the sky, you start to think about the kind of shelter you’ll need to survive. And knowing that the landscape will soon be overrun with hostile mobs doesn’t help!
We are teaming up with Minecraft: Education Edition and Random House to offer students the chance to immerse themselves in this exhilarating scenario and take part in a global build challenge.
About the challenge
The League of Literacy is a new series of Minecraft: Education Edition build challenges offered in partnership with Random House with support from the National Literacy Trust. These challenges are designed to:
- encourage students' love of reading
- enhance comprehension
- and support teachers with learning content and programming.
The first challenge centres on Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks and is aimed at students aged 8-14.
For this initial challenge we are inviting UK schools to showcase their work on Twitter and tag us to be in with the chance of winning a free box of books.
In future challenges, we are hoping to enable UK schools to participate via Minecraft’s main website, although unfortunately this is not possible yet.
- We encourage you to run this as a whole-class project to gain most benefit
- Deadline to share work on Twitter is Wednesday 1 June
- We will choose our two favourite videos and send you a box of books
Get started with your challenge
- Read an excerpt from Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks as a class
- Download the Minecraft: Education Edition build-plate world and invite students to build a shelter
- Download our teacher guidance for Minecraft: The Island to explore for lesson ideas and learn how the project maps to the National Curriculum
- Share your students' finished creations on Twitter and tag @Literacy_Trust for the chance to win a free box of books