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Writing a Pirate Story – Now Write

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Pupils work with a partner to learn how to make their pirate story more interesting and exciting.

They will then write their pirate story.

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 – Now Write

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Engage Students with Creative Writing Using “Writing a Pirate Story – Now Write”

    In the fifth and final lesson of this fantastic pirate themed writing series, students collaborate with a partner to learn techniques for making their pirate story more exciting and interesting. They then apply all their learning from the previous four lessons to write an engaging pirate story.

    This scaffolded activity is perfect for developing essential collaborative learning and thinking skills in the classroom. Research shows that cooperative learning experiences are crucial for successful student outcomes. By working together, students build communication, teamwork, and critical thinking abilities.

    Not only does the lesson facilitate collaborative skills, but the step-by-step process provides structure while still allowing creativity to flourish. Students build paragraph writing abilities, use rich descriptive vocabulary, vary sentence structures, and employ storytelling techniques like dialogue. The lesson culminates in an imaginative narrative that applies all the skills practiced.

    If you want an engaging way to teach literacy skills and nurture 21st century competencies, add “Writing a Pirate Story – Now Write” to your classroom. The pirate theme will excite students as they sharpen their writing through an evidence-based, cooperative learning experience.

    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 stars

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How to Write a Pirate Story (5) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Writing a Pirate Story – Now Write