A Piece of Land

A Piece of Land

14-18 yrs old

Government and Politics

Social and Emotional Health

World Languages

The students work in groups. Each group gets a piece of land and are now going to build their own community with laws and social rules.

avatar Submitted By: Rebekka Markström

February 9, 2018

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  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Powerpoint - introduction

The first powerpoint

The journal

This is how the journal should look


Here are the instructions

Learning Objectives

  • Be creative
  • Collaborate
  • Critical thinking
  • How a society works and what a community needs
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Learning new words
  • How things are connected. How leadership, politics, economy, and welfare are connected

Guiding Ideas

Things to discuss with your group before you start:

How do you collaborate? Who will do what? Are there some topics that you all need to agree on, and some that it is okay for one person to decide? How do you decide how the community will look like (parks, trees, houses, garden etc)? Who will build inside the game? Who will paint the flag? How do you take the decisions? Can you divide the work between you so you all have different things to do? What will you do if you can’t agree with your group? There might occur problems within your group – then what do you do? Do you vote or do you do something else?

A quick look:

• Your community needs a name

• Your community needs a flag

• Your community needs a national Anthem + when do you sing it?

• What kind of community are you building? Farm, city, fantasy…?


Law and order:

• Laws and social rules. 10 laws are enough.

What I mean with social rules are for example standing in line (queue), taking off your shoes inside, visiting without calling, you need to bring a gift if you are visiting someone and so on…

• Punishments for breaking the law

• Which are the worst crimes and how are they punished? What will the convicts do?

• Social rank – who is at the top and who is at the bottom, or is everyone equal?

• Ruler – Queen/king? President? Emperor? No ruler – you vote about everything? How much power should the leader have?

• Who will decide on who will be police, teachers etc?

• How do the people make decisions? Will you have town meetings?

• What if new settlers attack – how will you defend yourself? Is military service compulsory? For who?

• Are you going to have money or trade? How will that work?

• Healthcare – Everyone goes for free? Only children? Everyone pay? – think about taxes!

• Education – mandatory? When do you start school (how young)? When do you stop (how old)? School every day of the week? Between 8-17? Which subjects are going to be mandatory?

• How do you take care of sick people and older people?

• Taxes

• wages – which workgroup is most important?

Remember that economy is a big part of a community, the more tax people pay, the more money the community has for free healthcare, education and care for sick people, older people, and unemployed people.

Life and people
• What kind of buildings does a community need? shops?

• What kind of buildings are you going to build?

• What can people do in their free time?

• What kind of shops are you going to have?

• What traditions will you bring with you? Christmas, Easter, midsummer, festivals?

• How will everyone contribute to the community?

See more in the document.

Student Activities

* You build your community inside Minecraft Educational Edition. You need to do this because other groups are going to visit your community and see if they would like to live there before they vote. Of course, you want to visit a community before deciding if you want to live there or not so you will visit the other groups as well.

* There are a lot of things that need to be decided outside the game – this means that not everyone in your group must play and build inside the game. Look at the questions above

There are a few things I want you to do inside the game:

• When you have built a building, you should put up a sign that says what kind of building it is, who build it, why you built it.

• You should take a lot of photos and put them in a portfolio. At the end of this project, you will export your portfolio and send it to me (your teacher).

• It is important to remember history, and you are creating history right now! That is why you should write everything down in a book

• Programming/coding is cool but not necessary.

• I want you to watch 4 short videos on youtube. You can watch them on your own or in your group

- How to create a country:


- Epic how – how to create your own country


- Why some countries are poor and others rich


I want to be very clear! No religion is better than another!

- Democracy – A short introduction



• I want you to write in a journal after each lesson. You write in the same document and you hand in your journal when the project is finished.

• During this project, you will come across words that you are unfamiliar with – write them down and look them up.

• On our last lesson, you (you and your group) will give a short presentation and tell the other groups about your community. It is okay if only one person talks, and the presentation does not have to be long, just tell us about your community and what you have come up with when it comes to the four categories.

• After all the presentations, and after everyone has visited all the communities, you will vote. The group with the most votes will win


Performance Expectations

You need to collaborate and everyone needs to be involved and contribute in one way or another

You need to be active and work the entire lessons

You show that you have been active, that you understand instructions and so on when you are writing in your journal.

You need to use the English language to communicate

You come up with own ideas on how to build a well-functioning community.



  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Powerpoint - introduction

The first powerpoint

The journal

This is how the journal should look


Here are the instructions