Machinima / Comics

Machinima / Comics

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Art and Design

Reading and Writing


Students use the game as a stage for taking screenshots to create their own unique video or comic adaptation of a famous scene from literature.

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November 1, 2016


  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to choose an important moment in a story, or a play.
  • Students will be able to recreate that moment in Minecraft and capture it via screen capture or video capture.

Guiding Ideas

Have your students brainstorm various important scenes from literature, stories, or plays you've been studying. Have students work in pairs.

If possible, show your creation of an importance of a moment in Minecraft. Think out loud on how you came to determine this moment to be important in the story or play.

Student Activities


Assign scenes or let each group choose a scene from a list. Students should spend a few minutes familiarizing themselves with the scene and discussing how to accomplish the scene.


• Session 1: Have students enter the game to build the set/environment for their project. At this point, students


should be comfortable and reliable enough to explore the world freely to find the ideal location for “filming”.


• Session 2: Give them a tutorial on how to record video or take screenshots, then let them make their recordings.


Be mindful of where/how they store their files.



Performance Expectations


 Revise + Reflect:

At the end of each session, allow groups to share their progress with the rest of the group by displaying their

screen to the class. Hold a final screening or print their comics at the end of the last day.

• Session 3: Give them a tutorial on using the video or comic software, then let them edit their own projects.


  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking