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  • Redvers
  • Waygookin

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    • May 10, 2011, 04:37:16 pm
    • Boryeong
Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« on: May 23, 2011, 11:38:31 am »
My first attempt here.
Anyhow I get frustrated at having each class one a week so I made this to get them to revise the past tense and hopefully stimulate interest in going to watch the movie and read the pirates of Caribbean themed audio book I have in my Classroom.

I introduced the lesson - also trying to get across that they need to engage with additional English material to really learn.
Then went through the powerpoint. I tried to use vocabulary that would be useful outside a pirate context (You could add rope). Also explained some bits and bobs as I went e.g. set sail and weigh anchor. I included 2 love slides simply because I knew it would peak my students particular interest.
I then explained the basic rule rule of adding ed to put a word in the past tense and then demonstrated some exceptions.
Before the lesson started i wrote 20 Pirates of the Caribbean type sentences on the board in the present tense. 10 worked by simply adding ed and for the others i included some common exceptions as well as stranger ones (fought was new to my students).
Then it was time for the game. Teams were named as characters in the movie and you can see I tried to stimulate interest in the movie with the game adjustments. A team member would draw a number out of my pirate hat corresponding to a sentence on the board and then have to change it into the past tense and then tell the class the right answer. In exchange for getting it correct they get the opportunity to choose a block from the game. The genius of the game then does the rest for you (big thanks to the makers).

Went really well for me. Hopefully they go see the movie. Its age limit is 10 so my students were fine.



  • Goken
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    • November 14, 2010, 08:09:16 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 12:25:17 pm »
Great idea Redvers!  I was wanding to do a Pirate-theme lesson myself, as I just went on a pirate-marathon the other week.

I just wanted to give you another idea (which isn't new, but would work well with the Pirates idea I think).

What do you think about a Pirate themed "Deserted Island" activity?  I've yet to do up the lesson myself, but I think it could work in 2 parts.

Ex.  Lesson 1, show a clip of Jack with Elizabeth marooned on the island.  Then lead into a presentation (most likely with handouts) whereby the students must choose a crew to survive.

Since you're teaching middle school, if your kids are more advanced, you could make the 2nd part into a "show-and-tell" type story, whereby the students use the actors and items gathered (in lesson 1) and write out their stories on the board for lesson 2.  Have the other groups vote on which story is the best and (possibly) wins a prize.

If the students are of lower level, You instead write a basic story about how they will survive and/or escape and the students fillin the blanks with relevant vocabulary.  What do you think?


  • scravens
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    • April 28, 2010, 03:55:34 pm
    • mokpo
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 06:24:47 pm »
this is a great idea, but i think your "pirates of the classroom" powerpoint is missing some slides. I could be wrong, but I do not see the target language slide. I could be missing how to do this and if so please enlighten me cause I would like to use this. Thanks.


  • Redvers
  • Waygookin

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    • May 10, 2011, 04:37:16 pm
    • Boryeong
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 07:08:04 pm »
Thanks Goken. I think your idea is great and I will give it a go tomorrow. I forgot to mention I showed them the preview to begin with which got their interest up.

Scravens I mostly used the game to put basic past tense into use as revision with a few exceptions they were not familiar with. But before I did that I went through my previous slide and wrote 20 sentences on the board using the introduced vocabulary. I also went thorough numerous example sentences to demonstrate the basic rule and then equally showed the amount of exceptions. This allowed me to make the point that they need to spend more time hearing and reading english and thereby complementing my call for them to go watch the movie and read the audio books. You could use it to teach anything I just thought the past tense matched the material. So I'd say the bulk of my target language work was done in the first ppt and board-work. Admittedly it was an easy class for my advanced students but they played the role of encouraging and explaining to the weaker students who got excited about the game and found themselves repeating
and figuring out the sentences to the class. This was great because they usually avoid speaking and it also helped diminish the phobia of making mistakes because I kept the game quite fast paced explaining the correct but moving on swiftly. The original pirate game template is much bigger and i reduced mine to fit my time



  • Redvers
  • Waygookin

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    • May 10, 2011, 04:37:16 pm
    • Boryeong
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 07:15:13 pm »
oops i meant i went through the previous ppt not slide. If you figure out something that works better let me know. I am still in need of lots of learning


  • Goken
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    • November 14, 2010, 08:09:16 pm
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Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2011, 11:27:24 am »
Just thought I'd link the Pirates Lesson I've just completed here:
http://waygook.org/index.php/topic,13665.0.html

Thanks for the inspiration to do this Redvers!


  • minamteacher
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    • October 05, 2010, 07:55:14 am
    • Incheon
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Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2011, 02:01:36 pm »
mind adding a ppt. 2003 compatible version?


  • Redvers
  • Waygookin

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    • May 10, 2011, 04:37:16 pm
    • Boryeong
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2011, 02:19:10 pm »
Here is the initial stuff, haven't tested it in 2003 form


  • noles1970
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    • April 10, 2011, 10:18:31 pm
    • Gyeongnam
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 08:36:35 am »
this is a great idea, but i think your "pirates of the classroom" powerpoint is missing some slides. I could be wrong, but I do not see the target language slide. I could be missing how to do this and if so please enlighten me cause I would like to use this. Thanks.

Hi,
I'm in the same boat.I can't seem to find the slides to enter the questions etc.I believe some slides may be missing.Could you please check?This looks really excellent.It may just be that I'm an old man and my computer skills are lacking..heheh

Thank you so much for posting!


  • Redvers
  • Waygookin

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    • May 10, 2011, 04:37:16 pm
    • Boryeong
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 09:14:30 am »
Ah ok, now I get it. I had the same problem when I used the Game Template. I did not come with any smart way to solve it. Instead I went pre-computer sort of. I numbered 20 present tense sentences on the board making use of the taught vocab e.g. Jack Sparrow sails the Seven Seas etc. About 10 of them worked by adding ed, 2-3 is - was and 7 exceptions.

I numbered pieces of paper 1 to 20 and threw them in a paper Pirates hat for them to draw out of and a member from each team would change the sentence to past tense corresponding to what sentence they drew. If they got it correct they could choose a block. If not they sat down. While one set of students are answering the others are drawing. It easier if you have a co-teacher but i one person show is possible.

 So yup the sentences replaced the missing slides and the game was responsible for the scoring and random sounds.

 Also if you use it remember to hyper link the movie preview in which I have not done.


  • Redvers
  • Waygookin

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    • May 10, 2011, 04:37:16 pm
    • Boryeong
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011, 09:23:34 am »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7WqiEB6BKE&feature=fvst

This preview is just about perfect for middle schoolers. Jack lists what you can expect and addresses the boys and girls. And there is enough action to keep them interested.



  • scott451
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    • September 30, 2010, 08:00:09 am
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Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2011, 09:36:57 am »
great lesson! Thanks for posting!


  • Redvers
  • Waygookin

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    • May 10, 2011, 04:37:16 pm
    • Boryeong
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2011, 10:24:21 am »
here is a list of sentences if you are in a hurry. slow day today


  • noles1970
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    • April 10, 2011, 10:18:31 pm
    • Gyeongnam
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Lesson
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2011, 11:04:04 am »
Ah ok, now I get it. I had the same problem when I used the Game Template. I did not come with any smart way to solve it. Instead I went pre-computer sort of. I numbered 20 present tense sentences on the board making use of the taught vocab e.g. Jack Sparrow sails the Seven Seas etc. About 10 of them worked by adding ed, 2-3 is - was and 7 exceptions.

I numbered pieces of paper 1 to 20 and threw them in a paper Pirates hat for them to draw out of and a member from each team would change the sentence to past tense corresponding to what sentence they drew. If they got it correct they could choose a block. If not they sat down. While one set of students are answering the others are drawing. It easier if you have a co-teacher but i one person show is possible.

 So yup the sentences replaced the missing slides and the game was responsible for the scoring and random sounds.

 Also if you use it remember to hyper link the movie preview in which I have not done.

Ahh I see...Thanx for the reply...great game!