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Writing a Pirate Story – Mind Map

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Pupils work with a partner learning about the characters, settings and plot of a pirate story.

They then create a mind map for their story and add details about their main characters to this mind map.

This lesson develops collaborative learning and thinking skills which has been proven by research to be crucial for successful learning. As well as developing collaborative skills pupils also benefit from undertaking a fully-scaffolded activity.


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.

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 Writing a Pirate Story – Mind Map

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Writing a Pirate Story – Mind Map” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    If you’re searching for a treasure trove of a lesson that combines English skills with evidence-based learning strategies, look no further than “Writing a Pirate Story – Mind Map.” This second lesson in the five-part series is a shining gem that will captivate your students while fostering crucial collaborative skills.

    In this engaging lesson, students work in pairs to explore the captivating world of pirate stories, diving deep into the characters, settings, and plot elements that make these tales so thrilling. They then embark on a creative journey, crafting their own mind map to serve as a guiding star for their future pirate story. By adding details about their main characters to this visual map, students not only develop their storytelling abilities but also hone their collaborative skills as they work together on this scaffolded activity.

    Research has consistently shown that collaborative learning is a key ingredient for successful learning, and this lesson offers a perfect blend of teamwork and individual creativity. As students share ideas, brainstorm together, and help each other bring their pirate characters to life, they’re building essential communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills that will serve them well beyond the classroom.

    Navigating the seas of learning can be challenging, but with the fully-scaffolded structure of “Writing a Pirate Story – Mind Map,” you can be sure that your students will stay on course. This lesson provides a clear roadmap, guiding students step-by-step through the process of creating their mind map and adding character details. This scaffolding not only supports their learning but also fosters independence and confidence as they progress through the activity.

    So, hoist the sails and set a course for “Writing a Pirate Story – Mind Map”! With its perfect blend of pirate-themed fun and evidence-based learning strategies, this lesson is sure to be a hit with your students. Rated 5 stars for its engaging content, collaborative approach, and scaffolded structure, this lesson is a treasure that will enrich your students’ learning experience.

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