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Looking at Dialogue in Treasure Island

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This lesson looks at the role of dialogue using an extract from Treasure Island and how to punctuate dialogue. Activities include answering higher and lower order questions as well as writing the opening paragraph of a pirate story after considering three alternative ways of opening the story.

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 collaboration 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 Treasure Island 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 Looking at Dialogue in Treasure Island

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    “Looking at Dialogue in Treasure Island” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Are you seeking an engaging way to teach the literary elements of dialogue and story openings? Look no further than this ingenious pirate-themed lesson plan based on the classic novel Treasure Island!

    Not only will your students analyse how dialogue advances the plot through an excerpt starring the iconic characters of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, but they’ll practise punctuating dialogue correctly themselves. The exciting activities include thoughtfully answering comprehension questions and creatively writing three potential opening paragraphs for an original pirate story.

    Better yet, the learning goes way beyond these literary skills. This resource explicitly cultivates 5 of the 8 essential evidence-based learning (EBL) competencies identified through extensive educational research. Fun emoticons reinforce when students are developing invaluable EBL skills like collaboration, metacognition, peer assessment and more.

    The real treasure is the fantastic 5-minute CPD activity for enhancing your own teaching practice. It explores specific collaborative skills – like articulating ideas and evaluating suggestions – that fuel student learning according to research. This is perfect for rapidly levelling up your evidence-based teaching!

    I give this superbly crafted Treasure Island lesson 5 glittering gems out of 5! The irresistible literary focus, explicit EBL skill development, and practical teacher CPD make it a precious teaching resource for any English classroom. Bring the adventure to life with “Looking at Dialogue in Treasure Island”!

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Looking at Dialogue in Treasure Island