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Naval battles, gleaming treasure, eyepatches, and of course, the iconic call of "Arrgh." We think we know these ocean-faring bandits, but do we really? This history class debunks common misconceptions on the mystery of piracy.
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Pirates: ocean-faring buccaneers with a parrot on one shoulder and an eyepatch over their eye. They stump around on an old, wooden leg and order their fellow seamen to walk the plank. They raise the skull flag on their ships using their hook hand and shout to the heavens, "Arrgh!" Movies and TV are responsible for giving us this information. Yet, how accurate are these sources? In this class, we will go through the stereotypes that typically revolve around piracy and determine whether...
Students will learn what is piracy and be able to identify common misconceptions concerning pirates. Students will learn about four famous pirates in history. Students will create a pirate ship using basic household supplies.
Building supplies (see examples below) paper towel rolls paper tape aluminum foil Legos straws glue popsicle sticks pipe cleaners Pan or bowl filled with water
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
In this class, pirates may be depicted with a sword in their hand. However, images with firearms will not be included. Additionally, discussion will include how pirates did steal from other ships, but we will not discuss any murder or killing.
Content for this class comes from the following sources: "Five Pirate Myths That are Actually True" - video by National Geographic "What's the Truth About Pirates" - video by Britain’s National Maritime Museum "Did Pirates Really Do That? The Real History of Pirates" - video by Manushag N. Powell, faculty of Purdue University "Pirates" - article by National Geographic "Forget Walking the Plank. Pirate portrayals" - article by National Geographic "The Golden Age of Piracy" - article by Royal Museums Greenwich "A Lot of What Is Known about Pirates Is Not True, and a Lot of What Is True Is Not Known" - article by Humanities, The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities
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Hello! My name is Ms. Holly and I am passionate about teaching! I have taught first grade in a public school setting for four years and now I am currently a stay-at-home mom. My vision for teaching is to instill a love of learning into every...