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9 Of The Best Resources For International Talk Like A Pirate Day

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  • 9 Of The Best Resources For International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Ahoy, me hearties! Tuesday 19 September be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. So get yer cutlass, eye-patch ‘n Jolly Roger at th’ ready, ‘n in yer best pirate voice give us all a big “yaaarrrgghhh”.

OK, so, yes, we know that most of the stereotypes about pirates are in fact myths, many of which can be traced back to one source, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, but pirates lend themselves to a number of academic opportunities looking at language, storytelling, history, geography and more.

So, we’ve picked out some great resources for you to use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day come September.

Parrots and rum are optional, but not recommended.

1. Setting sail

So where did International Talk Like a Pirate Day all begin? Well, actually, it used to be just National Talk Like a Pirate Day here in the UK, before it fittingly crossed the seven seas. So what famous place with a potent pirate past birthed this global sensation? Bristol? The Devon coast? Southampton? Nope.

It all started on a racquetball court, when John Baur and Mark Summers began remarking on their game with phrases like “That be a fine cannonade,” and “Now watch as I fire a broadside straight into your yardarm!”.

Find out more about how that developed on the official site, here, and check out all the other resources available there.


2. Treasure map

The always-excellent DK Findout! interactive pages are full of facts and figures, and the pirates entry is no different. Discover more about pirate history and sort out truth from folklore.

Click here to check it out.


3. The pirate code

You may have already plundered a pirate topic in KS1, but revisiting men of low moral fibre in KS2 can yield fresh spoils.

This book topic for The Usborne Official Pirate’s Handbook lets you explore morals And ethics, discover nautical geography skills and see what foods keep well for long journeys at sea.

See how your students would get on in this the cutthroat environment, and get the free book topic PDF here.


4. Pirate investigator

In this lesson plan for EYFS and KS1, Judith Harries explains how a ‘pirates’ setting can serve as a rich backdrop to an impressively diverse range of learning activities for different ages – from painting treasure, to learning about the importance to caterpillars of effective camouflage.

Get this lesson plan here.


5. Treasure Island

This BBC animated version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic is broken into 10 short videos for KS2 students. Each one comes with printable text and teacher’s notes, and there’s even seven singalong songs set to the story if you want to extend the lesson.

Get this resource here.


6. Pirate tales

One of the best things about pirates is their folklore. Tales of adventure, treasure and sailing into the unknown. Whether they’re fictional stories, fantastical embellishments or outright tall tales, they’re all fun.

That’s why we’ve picked out a list of six great books along this theme that are perfect for early years and KS1 readers, including My Granny is a Pirate and Pirate Love Underpants.

Check out the full list here.


7. How to be speakin’ pirate-like

There are a number of pirate vocabulary lists online, but this one is not only a nice length (you don’t want to spend all day teaching 500 different words and phrases) but it also has a few handy little starter tips like these:

  • Double up on all your adjectives and you’ll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing,
  • Dropping all of your vs will get you words like “ne’er”, “e’er” and “o’er”,
  • Instead of saying “I am”, sailors say, “I be”, and
  • Ne’er speak in anythin’ but the present tense!

Find out what a swaggy is, discover how you get to Fiddler’s Green and look up why you’ll want to avoid a keelhaul here.


8. Online pirate translator


This simple utility works much as you’d expect. Type in your text, hit the translate button, and have it “translated” into pirate speak. It could just be a bit of fun, or a helpful tool for younger learners to use in your day’s activities.

Click here t’ try it out, if ye dare.


9. Pirate ship activity sheet

Can your pupils label the eight different parts of a pirate ship flagged up in this illustrated worksheet for KS1 And KS2 English?

Give it a go here.

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