- Talk about children’s stories with the class. Ask the pupils questions likeWhat books do you like? Do you know the story of Robin Hood? Do you know the story of Peter Pan? Do you like pirate stories? Find out how many pupils like pirate stories. Ask them if they have read a pirate story or seen one on TV. Write some famous pirate stories on the board and encourage the pupils to put their hands up if they know the stories, eg Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Pirates of the Caribbean. Elicit some information about them from the class and write some useful words on the board, eg pirate, ship, treasure, gun, cannon, sword, parrot, prison.
Completing Pirates 1 Worksheet
- Show the pupils a picture of a pirate or write the word pirate on the board. Ask the pupils some questions about pirates, eg What did pirates do? How did they travel? Did they have weapons? When did they exist? What did they wear?
- Write the following questions on the board and check comprehension orally:When did piracy start? What did the ships bring from the New World from the 16th to the 18th centuries? What were pirate ships like? Ask the pupils to copy the questions in their notebooks and discuss the answers in small groups. Pupils then read the text in Activity 1 and check their answers.
- Read the text with the class and help with new vocabulary.
- Ask the pupils to decide if the sentences are true or false.
Answers: a-F; b-T; c-T; d-F; e-T; f-T
– Ask the pupils to look at the two pirate flags in Activity 1. Find out how many pupils like the flag with the swords on it and how many prefer the flag with the skull and bones (note: skull and crossbones is the name of this flag). Explain that pirate flags were very important as they represented the pirates. It was the best way to identify their ships. The most common pirate flag was the skull and crossbones although other symbols like swords, skeletons, spears or hearts were also used. The skull and crossbones represent death. – Ask the pupils to design their own pirate flag. Invite some pupils to draw their flags on the board.