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Swashbuckling Adventures on the High Seas! September 12, 2008

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This article had great ideas for introducing a unit on Pirates!  My favorite part was the Wanted Poster.  I think that this is one of those activities that students will like so much that they won’t even realize that they are learning!  A completed “Wanted” poster will contain a wealth of information about pirates, including how their career began, their hang outs, their personality, and their likes and dislikes.  Not only will the student completing the poster learn a lot from this project, but when they share it with the rest of the class, other students will learn about that specific pirate as well.
Another aspect of this lesson plan that I liked was the Double Entry Diary.  I remember doing this as a young student and not really understanding why my teacher was encouraging us to do it.  Now, as a future teacher, I can see how relevant Double Entry Diaries can be.  They help the students truly analyze what they are reading and they also provide teachers with a way to check for comprehension.  I would definitely use the strategies from “Swashbuckling” to introduce a Pirate Unit to my students!


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