How I Became A Pirate Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, retell the story, learn unfamiliar terms, and create their own picture dictionaries while reading ''How I Became a Pirate'' by Melinda Long.

Learning Objective

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.

Time Length

90 minutes

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
  • chanteys
  • chest
  • crew
  • down the hatch
  • hearties
  • Jolly Roger
  • laddies
  • landlubber
  • scurvy dog
  • shiver me timbers
  • skull and crossbones
  • swabbing the decks


  • Copies of How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Picture dictionary
  • Paper bags
  • Markers

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