Schema: Pirates or sailors on ships, missing a hand or a foot, we can infer that they take risks if they are missing a limb, they wear funny hats, have parrots for pets, brave, hunt buried treasure, modern pirates steal and harm
Text to self connections: Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow, Peter Pan’s Captain Hook
Compare and Contrast the pirates in the book with the pirates in the movies using a T-chart. Read the “Here’s How it Was” information at the end of the book.
The pirates in the book lead many boring days at sea, eat hard bread, receiving no pay: “Another Day at Sea”
Eating hard bread and soup that make them feel sick: “Table Talk”
Being whipped for fighting: “Cat-O’-Nine-Tails” vs. in the movies the fighting is viewed as fun
Point of View: “Through the Glass” from the POV of an official government ship captain
“Coming for Your Gold” from the POV of the Pirate
“Fog Attack” from the pirates POV
“What’ll the King Say, Cap’n? from the pirates POV
“Trouble” from one of the pirates POV about getting his share of the loot, the “plunder”
“Marooned” from the POV of a pirate that has been left on a deserted island
“On the Run” from the pirates POV
Characterization: “Blackbeard” characterized the pirate, Blackbeard.
Author’s purpose: to make a mental images and feel emotions of what it was like for real pirates
Characterization: Use the Cluster Word Web to list the traits of the pirates in the poems as you read.
Reader’s Theater of “The Pirate’s Code” could be performed after reading the book.
Cause and Effect: “Ship Rules” talks about the effect of breaking the rules. Because you have joined the Pirates, the effect is that you will regret it.
Because you steal, the effect is being beaten with a whip.
Because you commit mutiny, the effect is being shot and thrown to sharks alive.
Because you lose an arm in battle, the effect is you will be paid well.
Drawing Conclusions: What evidence or clues can you find in the poems that supports the conclusion that people who chose to become pirates made a bad choice in careers? they were beaten, not fed well, lost body parts in fights, died young
“Captured” and “Farewell” support the conclusion as the pirates are realizing their lives are over.