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Writing the Opening Paragraph of a Pirate Story

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This lesson identifies three ways in which a story can be started. Each of these ways is exemplified using extracts from pirate stories. Activities include writing the opening paragraph of a pirate story (which is scaffolded). Activities also include answering higher and lower order questions based on extracts from pirate stories.

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 self-regulation 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 Writing the Opening Paragraph of a Pirate Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Hook Your Students with This Pirate Story Starter Lesson

    Want to capture your students’ imagination and get them excited about creative writing? Then I highly recommend checking out the “Writing the Opening Paragraph of a Pirate Story” lesson plan.

    This resource uses the popular pirate genre to teach three common story opening techniques – starting with action, asking a question, or opening with dialogue. Students study strong examples of each technique using extracts from pirate stories, analyzing what makes them effective.

    A scaffolded individual activity then supports students to write their own opening paragraph for a swashbuckling pirate adventure. This develops vital narrative writing skills in an engaging context.

    As always with these resources, key evidence-based learning skills are seamlessly integrated into the lesson. This develops higher-order thinking, self-assessment, collaboration and self-regulation abilities alongside the core writing skills.

    There is also an excellent 5-minute CPD for teachers on the research evidence for self-regulation techniques. This provides a great reflective opportunity to enhance your own professional practice.

    I would give this versatile resource ★★★★★ for its ability to inspire creative writing while developing academic skills informed by educational research. If you’re looking for an imaginative lesson that combines curriculum goals with broader learning strategies then this pirate-themed resource delivers on all fronts!

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Writing the Opening Paragraph of a Pirate Story - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Writing the Opening Paragraph of a Pirate Story