Seventh grade world history students have been learning about the development of feudalism in medieval Europe. Feudalism arose as a way of protecting the kings property and creating stability for the lords, ladies, knights and peasants. Everyone in society lived on a manor in the middle ages. Students were given the task to demonstrate their understanding of the role of the manor by designing a manor on Minecraft. Each student was responsible for creating their own manor, which needed to include a castle, horse stables, peasant cottages, and blacksmith shops, just to name a few.
Technology is big part of education and when we incorporate familiar programs – such as programs like Minecraft – into the classroom, we can bridge the gap between their learning and their everyday encounters with technology. There is no limit to how this assignment can extend beyond the classroom. It has often been explained to be like Legos due to the constructive nature and the style of materials with which one is to build. The building materials are all cube shaped and the vast majority of these materials measure one meter squared. Although Minecraft is considered a game we will not be using this project in game mode. Students will individually design their own manor in Creative Mode. What is appealing about Minecraft is its customization.
By Mrs. Bender, Middle School Teacher