ELA Pirate Unit

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					2005 E112.21

Teaching Materials from the Stewart Resources Centre

Table of Contents
Introduction....................................................................................................................... 2 Novel Tools ........................................................................................................................ 3 Role Sheet for the Discussion Director............................................................................ 4 Role Sheet for the Illustrator ........................................................................................... 5 Role Sheet for the Summarizer: ...................................................................................... 6 Role Sheet for the Vocabulary Enricher: ....................................................................... 7 Pirate Resource Specific Tasks ........................................................................................ 8 Resource List ..................................................................................................................... 9

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Introduction The following information is what I used to put together my English Language Arts unit on pirates for my grade 5/6 class. The work we did with these materials was set up in the following ways: Novel Study of The Stowaway: A Tale of California Pirates by Kristiana Gregory This was often the novel I used to introduce literature circles to my students, therefore we all read the same novel while focusing on learning how to complete the various roles. If it was not used for this method, you could also include the other novel listed in the resource list. However, I only ever used them as readaloud novels. I have included my outline sheets for literature circle groups in this package of materials. Generic Activity Cards for responding to reading Students were required to do a specific number of these using the pirate resources, as well as the activity cards specifically designed for certain resources. There are too many generic cards to include them here but they include many tasks from each strand of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing. I have included the “pirate”-specific tasks. Web Sites I didn’t use the web sites as much as I would have liked. I will simply list the ones I found useful.

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Novel Tools The Stowaway: A Tale of California Pirates Vocabulary Sheet In partners, or alone, please find and record the definitions for the following words: 1. adobe 2. lariat 3. scrimshaw 4. aft 5. vermin 6. yawl 7. swell 8. kelp 9. insubordination 10. marooned 11. emaciated 12. predicament
13. sympathetic

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Role Sheet for the Discussion Director Name: ________________________________________ Date: ____________________ Title of Book: ____________________________________________________________ Chapter to be discussed: ______ Some questions/topics that I think the group should discuss are: 1.

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We discussed the topics in the following order:

Questions or topics we added:

Questions or topics left to be discussed next class are:

We need the teacher’s assistance with:

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Role Sheet for the Illustrator Name: ________________________________________ Date: ____________________ Title of Book: ____________________________________________________________ Chapter to be discussed: ______ The job of the illustrator is to choose an important event from the assigned reading and draw and colour a picture that identifies the scene. In the space below, please draw and colour an important scene from the assigned reading.

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Role Sheet for the Summarizer: Name: ________________________________________ Date: ____________________ Title of Book: ____________________________________________________________ Chapter to be discussed: ______
The job of the summarizer is to write at least five sentences that explain what has happened in each chapter of the assigned reading. Please note: if more than one chapter is assigned, five sentences must be written for each chapter. Chapter _____

Chapter _____

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Role Sheet for the Vocabulary Enricher: Name: ________________________________________ Date: ____________________ Title of Book: ____________________________________________________________ Chapter to be discussed: ______ Choose at least five words from the assigned chapter(s). Write the sentence from the novel as well as the definition from the dictionary. 1. Sentence: Definition: 2. Sentence: Definition: 3. Sentence: Definition: 4. Sentence: Definition: 5. Sentence: Definition:

The most important event or passage from this chapter was:

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Pirate Resource Specific Tasks 1. Using the information books, write a one page report on one of the following: pirate weapons women pirates the Jolly Roger buried and sunken treasure ships life on a pirate ship one specific group of pirates (For example, Pirates of the Caribbean) a famous pirate (For example, Blackbeard) 2. The Ballad of the Pirate Queens by Jane Yolen is a true story about two famous women pirates. Write a paragraph about how these women first became pirates. 3. After reading A Pirate’s Life for Me, make a chart comparing a day in your life to a day in a pirate’s life. 4. Read Captain Teachum’s Buried Treasure, then write a descriptive paragraph telling what Captain Teachum looks like. Write this paragraph so that someone could visualize the picture of Captain Teachum without seeing it. Then, trade descriptions with a classmate and draw and colour a picture of Captain to match your classmate’s description. 5. Spend some time skimming through and reading Mystery History of a Pirate Galleon. Name three things you learned or found surprising about pirates. 6. Using the books you have read, write a one page fictional story or script about a pirate. Draw a picture to go with your story or find some classmates to help you act out your script. 7. Read Captain Ding the Double Decker Pirate. Do you think there are still pirates living around the world? Write a paragraph telling about how pirates of today might differ from pirates of the past. 8. Read Do Pirates Take Baths? Why do you think there are so many books about pirates for young children? What do the author and illustrator do to make this book humourous?

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Resource List Pirate Web Sites Please note: The following web sites were tested and viewed on March 25, 2005. Please remember that the Internet is always changing, so you should look at any pages the day before or day of student viewing, just to be on the safe side. http://www.powerup.com.au/~glen/pirate.htm - definitions of “pirate” words - pirate stories - pirate questions - famous pirates - created by students for students, this is one of my favourite web sites, tonnes of great information and an awesome links page that takes you to many more great sites. http://mama.indstate.edu/rpg/games/clubgame/pirates/pirates.htm - links to pirate weapons, rum and stories. http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/4704/annebonny.html - history of woman pirate Anne Bonny. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pirates - choose an adventure - links to other pirate pages - books for Buccaneers - Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea Book List All of these resources were located in my school library or the Regina Public Library. Picture Books The Ballad of the Pirate Queens – Jane Yolen The Pirate Queen – Emily Arnold McCully A Pirate’s Life for Me – Julie Thompson Captain Teachum’s Buried Treasure – Korky Paul One-Eyed Jake – Pat Hutchins Captain Ding the Double Decker Pirate – David Cox Do Pirates Take Baths? – Kathy Tucker Pirate Pearl – Phoebe Gilman

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Novels The Stowaway: A Tale of California Pirates – Kristiana Gregory Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie Information Books Mystery History of a Pirate Galleon – Fred Finney Pirates – Greg Nickles, Bobbie Kalman, Barbara Bedell Pirates – Philip Steele Pirates and Treasure – Savoir Pirotta The Great Pirate Activity Book – Deri Robins Pirates – Stewart Ross The Pirate’s Handbook – Margarette Lincoln Pirate – Richard J.C. Platt Pirates: Robbers of the High Seas – Gail Gibbons Pirate – Deborah Lock The Short and Bloody History of Pirates – John Farman Imagine You’re a Pirate – Marg Clibbon & Lucy Clibbon Pirates: A Non-Fiction Companion to Pirates Past Noon – Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborn Pirate – Richard Platt The Best Book of Pirates – Barnaby Howard

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