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Captain Black and the Pronoun

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This lesson looks at characters in pirate stories. Activities in this lesson use extracts to show the use of first/third person and nouns/pronouns. Activities also include writing an account of an event on a pirate ship.

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 Captain Black and the Pronoun

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Set Sail with Grammar Using Pirate Stories!

    Want to get your students excited about grammar? Then I highly recommend using the brilliant lesson “Captain Black and the Pronoun” in your classroom.

    This swashbuckling resource uses the adventure of pirate stories to teach important grammar skills in an engaging way. Your students will have so much fun with the pirate theme that they won’t even realise how much they are learning!

    Some of the key grammar skills covered include:

    – Identifying first and third person narration
    – Using pronouns correctly
    – Writing descriptive passages using adjectives
    – Writing accounts using past tense verbs

    There are collaborating activities where students learn from each other, and individual assessments so they can evaluate their own progress.

    The gem of this resource is the 5-minute teacher CPD section at the end. This provides an extract from educational research about the relationship between metacognition and self-assessment. There is then a quick activity to help you implement the findings immediately in your classroom.

    I would give this resource ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. It’s fun, focused on core grammar skills, and has built-in CPD to expand your own knowledge. Your students will be saying “Aye, aye, captain!” as they improve their grammar and creative writing abilities. Download this resource now and set sail in your classroom!

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Captain Black and the Pronoun - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Captain Black and the Pronoun