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Blackbeard Always Looked Angry

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This lesson looks at how to describe a character in a consistent way. Activities are based on the four ways in which characters in stories are traditionally described e.g. by how they think or how they feel. Pupils then have to describe a nasty pirate.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on metacognition with a five-minute activity based on this extract.   


These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Pirate lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for Blackbeard Always Looked Angry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said:

    Teachers – Develop Vivid Character Descriptions with Pirate Stories!

    Want your students to write rich, multi-dimensional character descriptions? Then hop aboard the brilliant lesson “Blackbeard Always Looked Angry”!

    Using the engaging context of pirates, this resource guides students through the four main ways characters are developed in stories:

    – Appearance
    – Actions
    – Dialogue
    – Thoughts and feelings

    Activities get students analysing character traits and behaviours from pirate story extracts. They then apply this knowledge when creating their own consistent pirate characters.

    Some of the highlights include:

    – Collaborative discussions analysing character descriptions
    – Independent writing tasks to create pirate characters
    – Self-assessment and metacognitive reflections

    There is also a 5-minute CPD extract on the vital role of metacognition in learning. This provides food for thought on how you can develop your students’ metacognitive skills.

    I would give this resource ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. It’s fun, focused on writing skills, and develops higher order thinking. Your students will have a whale of a time improving their character description skills with this pirate-themed lesson. Download it now and watch creativity set sail in your classroom!

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Blackbeard Always Looked Angry - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Blackbeard Always Looked Angry