Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.
Upon completion of this lesson on How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, students will be able to:
- Answer questions about the text.
- Retell the story.
- Define unfamiliar words and phrases.
- Use and create a picture dictionary.
Common Core Curriculum Standards
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
Lesson Instructions and Activities
Students will be able to define and use the following terms:
- ahoy matey
- batten down the hatches
- blow the man down
- down the hatch
- Jolly Roger
- scurvy dog
- shiver me timbers
- skull and crossbones
- swabbing the decks
- Copies of How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
- Picture dictionary
- Paper bags
Reading and Discussion
- Preview vocabulary with students.
- Read How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long with students. Pause at appropriate times to discuss the following:
- Who is the narrator of the story?
- What is the setting of the story?
- What does the boy think about pirates?
- What do the boy's parents do when the pirates come?
- What do the pirates think of Jeremy Jacob?
- Turn and talk: What would your parents say if you wanted to spend the day with pirates?
- What do the pirates show Jeremy Jacob?
- What are the things the boy likes about pirate life?
- What are the things he does not like about pirate life?
- What happens during the night on the pirate ship?
- How does Jeremy change over the course of the story?
- How does Jeremy help the pirates?
- What do the pirates give Jeremy before they leave?
- What does Jeremy do at the end of the story?
Pirate Picture Dictionary
Materials needed: copies of How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, paper, pencils, picture dictionary
- After reading the story, discuss some of the pirate language that students heard.
- Show students an example of a picture dictionary. Describe how the pictures, definitions, and sentences help people understand the meanings of the words.
- Provide students with paper, pencils, and a copy of the book.
- Have students create a Pirate Picture Dictionary using the identified vocabulary so that someone who did not speak pirate would understand the meaning of pirate words.
- Divide students into small groups to share their dictionaries and talk pirate.
Materials needed: copies of How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, paper bags, crayons, markers
- Discuss the journey that Jeremy Jacob made with the pirates in the story.
- Provide each student with a set of materials.
- Have students unfold the paper bag and crinkle it up so that it looks like an old piece of parchment paper.
- Have students create a treasure map that chronicles Jeremy Jacob's journey from the beach to his backyard.
- Have students write labels that explain his journey.
- Divide students into pairs to share their work.
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