Reading and Writing Ideas for celebrating talking Like A Pirate Day

Ahoy Readers!

September 19th is dedicated to Talk Like A Pirate Day.  This started with two men who were talking like pirates one day and decided they wanted to share it with the rest of the world. David Barry (columnist) wrote about their day.  Here is a link to his article: The site is from the Miami Herald and its called David Barry.  It describes the origins of Talk Like A Pirate Day.  He also gives examples of talking like a pirate.

Ways to help students celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day

  • Read the classic book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Before reading the Treasure Island have students put on pirate hat or bandana and predict what you will find in the book.  While you or the students are reading have students keep a most wanted list of known villains and possible heroes. Afterwards have the student write a letter with their thoughts about the book and stuff it into a bottle (remind students that modern day pirates reuse and recycle).

The reason for reading this book is because it is considered a classic book and the book has pirates.

  • Play with pirate words

Want your students to know the difference between a dog watch and a jolly roger then you might need a pirate dictionary.  Visit this website for a list of pirate words and meanings: Click on the Treasure Island link. The website is called TamRootbeer. Tamara Rutenber has several word puzzles to try out with a pirate dictionary.  There is also a picture of a ship to be labeled.  See if your students are landlubbers or a true blue buccaneers.

  • Find out pirate names and use a pirate voice in writing

Want to know your student’s pirate name without any fancy or costly surveys then have them visit the following websites depending on their gender: for males and for females. This is from MSN and the website title is called: Pirate nicknames for MSN messenger. Now, that they have their names, have the students write a short story describing their adventures.  Remind them use pirate language and share it with their matey.  Students then can edit and check their classmates writing.  Students are looking for the pirate voice in each other’s writing.

  • Talking and translating pirate speech

Want to show your students how to talk like a pirate here is a You Tube video to watch called Talk LIke a Pirate Day: “Me Hearties!”:  This is a short clip showing students how to say, “me hearties!” After showing the clip have students practice with a partner.  Say, “I would like to order a pizza Me Hearties!”  Have students practice other phrases from the pirate dictionary.  Along with practicing have the students take a simple poem and talk using pirattitude (lots of pirate attitude).


Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider who sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away.

With Pirattitude:

A proud beauty, Little Miss Muffet embarked with her matey on her tuffet making lubbers eat her foul curds and whey. Arrr! Avast! Along came a behemoth bilge rat who smartly sat at her starboard stern and scared Miss Muffet all the way to the depths of Davey Jones’ Locker. Arrr!

This example is taken from  The site’s title page is called “Pirates in the Classroom”.  The site also describes other activities that teachers can use involving pirates.  Examples in math and social studies are also given.

After students have translated a poem have them read their poem to their shipmates and give it pirattitude when they do.

  • Have students write a famous pirate’s Myspace or Facebook page

This could be done on a poster board.  Students would need to first research their pirate for important information such as: birth date, hometown, quotes, and adventures.  Students would then take their information and create a “page” with their pirates information.

Things to include on the page:

Find a picture of the pirate

List a quote that was actually said, or something that their pirate might say.

List hometown or whereabouts

List likes

List photo albums

List of friends (probably other pirates)

List 3-5 news feeds (facts or adventures about their pirate) and responses to those feeds from pirate friends

Here is a suggested list of potential pirates: Captian Kidd, Sir Henry Morgan, Sir Francis Drake, Roberto Cofresi, and Blackbeard.  Students could work alone or in groups to have consistencies between the pages.  An adaptation could be to create a new pirate.

Now that you have your ways to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day, weigh ye anchor and set sail.

-Mrs. Berry


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  1. Trackback: Talk Like A Pirate Day: Landlubber vs Pirate Nursery Rhymes | Berryart's Blog

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