Ahoy, Mateys! 

Captain Smith’s classes read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  We “argh” prepping for State Tests by reading old literature, studying poetry, and reviewing test-taking skills.  Our poem for the month is “O, Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman.  As a part of our unit study, we stop from time to time for a brain break and play a pirate game (which requires knowing pirate terms).

Each student chose a pirate to study and made a wanted poster, jolly roger, and treasure map in his honor from a web quest study of pirates long ago.

Once finishing the book, we will study what piracy looks like today by reading excerpts from Captain Phillips.  We will compare and contrast both when finished.

Our final and favorite day of the study will be watching the films for both books and having root beer floats and popcorn!


Melody Smith

8th grade AP ELA


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