Finding A Good pirate

Lesson 19

Standards addressed include:

• Communication, Collaboration and Storytelling 

• Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Decision Making

• Digital-Age Learning Environments and Learning Experiences

• Technology Operations and Concepts

• Research and Information Fluency

• Facilitating & Inspiring Student Learning 


You have a choice of 6 options on this lesson

1. Finding A Good Pirate

2. 20 Things I Did Not Know About Pirates

3. Facts & Fiction About Pirates

4. Pirate Myths Examined 

5. Most Successful Pirate Captains

6. Create a lesson for your content area you teach

· Review the background information provided below

· Download the document pertaining to the option you select for the lesson project

· Complete a Document, PowerPoint, MP3 Audio file or a MP4 Video file to submit for the assignment


Pirates of the Caribbean

Ahoy, mateys! Let’s go on a pirate adventure

Disney Attraction Description:

“A Pirate’s Life for You: Set sail on a swashbuckling voyage to a long-forgotten time and place when pirates and privateers ruled the seas.”

Video: Ride Through-YouTube



Think Like a Pirate!

  1. You      will be learning facts and fiction about pirates. 
  2. Brainstorm      things you already know or believe to be true about pirates.
  3. Think      about fiction about pirates 
  4. Where      did pirates live, what did they do and where did they travel?


Pirates of the Caribbean tells the story of the West Indies around the 1700s during the time the Spanish were discovering gold in what would later become the United States. 

Pirates of the Caribbean is a water-based dark ride at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park in Paris. The original version at Disneyland, which opened in 1967, was the last attraction whose construction was overseen by Walt Disney himself; he died three months before it opened. The ride, which tells the story of a band of pirates and their troubles and exploits, was replicated at the Magic Kingdom in 1973, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, and at Disneyland Paris in 1992. Each of the initial four versions of the ride has a different façade, but a similar ride experience. A reimagined version of the ride, Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure, opened at the Shanghai Disneyland Park in 2016.

The ride gave rise to the song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio. It also became the basis for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, which debuted in 2003. Since 2006, Disney has incorporated characters from the film series into the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland versions of the rides.


The ride begins in a grotto with Blackbeard, mermaids swimming in the water and singing their melody, skeletons of dead pirates and Mermaids, the hurricane lagoon, and an echoing "Dead men tell no tales." 

“Psst! Avast there! It be too late to alter course, mateys. And there be plundering pirates lurkin' in ev'ry cove, waitin' to board. Sit closer together and keep your ruddy hands in board. That be the best way to repel boarders. And mark well me words, mateys: Dead men tell no tales! Ye come seekin' adventure with salty old pirates, eh? Sure you've come to the proper place. But keep a weather eye open, mates, and hold on tight. With both hands, if you please. Thar be squalls ahead, and Davy Jones is waiting for them what don't obey.”

Following the plunge down one waterfall (going underneath the Walt Disney World Railroad tracks) to get to the rest of the attraction. It is very dark, and you are in a dimly lit cavernous passage, where a high-spirited version of the theme music plays.

You have now entered the depths of an underground grotto known as Dead Man's Cove; guests behold the skeletal remains of an unfortunate band of pirates, guarding their loot and treasure with macabre delight.

The boats glide gently past a violent thunderstorm tossing an old pirate ship about, though the ship's pilot is nothing more than a skeleton. The boats pass through the crew's quarters, complete with skeletal pirates frozen in time - playing chess, the captain examining a treasure map, an old harpsichord playing the theme song, and a huge amount of treasure being guarded by another skeleton pirate. The Aztec chest from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl sits in the corner of the Treasure Room and is the last thing guests see before entering a dark tunnel.

A version of the main theme on a pipe organ echoes through the dark tunnel. A curtain of mist appears in the darkness. Images of Davy Jones and Blackbeard are alternately projected onto the mist and invite guests to proceed if "they be brave or fool enough to face a pirate's curse." The riders pass beneath the mist curtain, presumably traveling back through time, and emerge into the next scene.

Cannonballs whistle overhead, and explosions throw water into the air — a fierce battle between a marauding pirate galleon and a Caribbean fortress is in full swing. There are many cannon balls splashing into the water. Look closely, and you will notice that they make an orange splash. Why? 

Because they’re hot when they enter the water. 

Captain Barbossa leads the assault from the deck of a pirate vessel named the Wicked Wench. A musical theme from the Pirates of the Caribbean films plays. From the deck of the Wicked Wench, Barbossa yells: "Strike yer colors, ye bloomin cockroachers, by thunder we'll see ya to Davy Jones! They need persuasion mates. Fire at will! Pound 'em lads! Pound 'em!" When a cannon is shot, guests may feel a powerful blast of air coming from the cannon, followed by a large splash and underwater lighting effects to simulate cannon fire.

The village of Puerto Dorado on Isla Tesoro is overrun with pirates in search of treasure. The first sight is the town square, where some pirates have kidnapped the mayor, Carlos, and threaten to drown him in a well if he doesn't divulge the location of the treasure. Carlos' wife tells him to be brave and not talk; she is shot at as Carlos is repeatedly dunked in the water while several other captive city officials look on. Captain Jack Sparrow is seen hiding behind some dresses. An auction scene follows, where a pirate auctions off the sobbing women of the town to other pirates. Drunken bidders hoot and holler for a redhead who is next in line while ignoring an overweight but chipper woman currently offered for bidding.

In the next scene, pirates run around chasing women holding trays of food, and two foolish buccaneers who have stolen snacks are chased by an angry woman holding a rolling pin. Just beyond is the "Pooped Pirate" drunkenly waving a map and a key to a treasure vault, boasting that Captain Jack Sparrow will never see it. Jack is hiding in a barrel just behind him, popping out and getting a good look at the map over the pirate's shoulder. Off to the side, a pirate by the name of "Old Bill" wants to share rum with a group of terrified alley cats.

Carefree, tipsy pirates succeed in ravaging the town and setting it aflame, filling the night air with an orange glow. Riders next float past a jail where imprisoned pirates are doing their best to escape as flames draw near. A small dog just out of the prisoners' reach holds the key to their escape in his teeth; he seems all but immune to the pleas of the pirates trying to coax him closer. One of the pirates holds a noose, hoping to trap the dog.

Timbers are smoldering and cracking overhead as riders sail through a storage room filled with gunpowder, cannonballs, and rum-filled, gun-shooting pirates singing "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life For Me." 

Finally, Jack Sparrow is seen in a room full of the hidden treasure (possibly the "Treasure Vault" as mentioned by the Pooped Pirate). He is draped over a large throne-like chair and waves his new treasures around happily while chattering to himself and to passing guests. Every once in a while he sings, "Drink up, me hearties. Yo ho!". 

The boats proceed up a lift hill, and Davy Jones' and Blackbeard's voices are alternatively heard once more, encouraging riders to come back soon. The boats reach the top of the hill and spill back into the sleepy bayou where the journey began, passing by a parrot on a sandbar that can be seen from the queue.

There are 630,000 gallons of water, 53 audio-animatronic animals and birds, and 75 audio-animatronic pirates and villagers in the attraction. It takes three days to empty and refill the "bayou" for renovations

Activity to use in your class example: 

Full class discussion:

Ask students to discuss (charting their thoughts on the board electronically

What comes to mind when you hear the word pirate?

What did pirates do?

Who are some famous pirates you have heard of?

How did they dress? Why?

Where did they spend their time?

What did they eat?

Were women pirates? 

Why did women in history, dress in men's clothing? 

Activity to use in your class example: 

Pirates of the Caribbean Interactive Map



Piracy   in the Caribbean Sea, sometimes called the Golden Age of Piracy, reached its   peak in the mid-1600s before gradually dying out in the early 1800s, after   the navies of the United States and European nations began actively attacking   pirates. Various Caribbean seaports such as those shown on the map above   provided safe havens for some of the world's most notorious pirates such as   Blackbeard and Calico Jack Rackham. 

Many   Pirates in the Caribbean Sea were sponsored by foreign governments who hoped   to disrupt the trade empires of Spain and Portugal. Such pirates were called   privateers. English pirates, such as Sir Francis Drake, were often given a   letter of marque, which was essentially a license to pirate. These pirates   would plunder treasure ships heading back to Spain and would keep a portion   of the goods and riches they could steal. 



Activity to use in your class example: 

Pirate activities - Pirate Museum: Resources for your classroom


Information and resources provided courtesy of New England - Pirate Museum. Thank you for the permission to share the resources.


The unique and little-known history of New England sea-robbers comes alive at the Pirate Museum.

The following 24 activities are available at: 



Relive the adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, who roamed freely offshore plundering merchant ships. Participate in an educational, historically accurate and entertaining, live walking tour with a qualified guide who encourages student participation and questions. The tour starts in our artifacts room with authentic pirate treasures. Then you'll stroll through a colonial seaport, board a pirate ship, and explore an eighty-foot cave, where you are sure to encounter some of those 17th-century rascals face to face. Join us at the Pirate Museum to learn more about New England's adventurous sea-robbers. Curriculum packets are available. Inquire about our educational pirate visiting your school. Seasonal - May through November.

Notorious pirate captains, such as; Kidd, Blackbeard, Bellamy, and Quelch, roamed the waters off Boston's North Shore, known as the Gold Coast. Pirates spent their winters in the tropics and their summers in New England. Most 17th and 18th-century pirates were, in fact, New Englanders and New Yorkers, with gold and silver from Central America and merchandise from Europe. Many buried their ill-gotten treasures offshore on the islands that dot our coast, and much of it is still there, just waiting to be dug up. 

The following 24 activities are available at Short URL:

The activities include discussions, research, projects, writing, poetry, drawing, posters, journals, pirate flags, and ships. 

Assign topics and projects as desired for your students. (Links available on

Choose pirate names for themselves and their ships, then sail on to discover information about life aboard pirating vessels. Fictional narratives based on authentic pirate records intrigue explorers as they are called on to answer questions in the tales with further investigation. Who runs the ship? Is it Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Black Bart, or another scurvy dog? Answer correctly, or you'll walk the plank! Not! 

Who decides which people are the "bad guys" and which are the "good guys"? 

Pirates are another example of this. While men who sold others into slavery gained respect and got rich, pirates were considered the scoundrels of the sea. In contrast, the men of the pirate ship Whydah organized themselves democratically and would have retired after gaining enough loot to support them for a great deal of time if their ship not been caught in a storm and destroyed. 

Read their story at Whydah Pirates @

Discuss the question of who our heroes should be and who should choose them. 

Discuss the question of who our heroes should be and who should choose them. 

Adventure on the High Seas - Starter Project - Scratch – MIT