The first step for writing really is having something to say.
Once you’ve gotten some ideas going, have students work in pairs to make pirate mind maps.
We like to encourage students to come up with there own ideas for their papers; we figure this is a necessary skill. If your students aren’t ready for that, or you like more direction, consider one of these writing prompts:
- A lot of our ideas about pirates come from books and movies. What’s your favorite pirate book or movie, and how realistic do you think it is? Give specific examples from the book or movie and from history to prove your claim.
- There are still pirates. Find news storiea about pirates from the 21st century. Compare and contrast them with the pirates from the long past.
- Write about common ideas of pirates, and then find out about an unusual pirate. For example, there were female pirates. Stede Bonnet was a wealthy planter who bought his pirate ship and took up piracy as a second career. How does learning about the unusual pirate change your ideas about pirates?
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