Lesson Plan

Pirates of North Carolina

The pirate Blackbeard with his flag

Blackbeard (Edward Teach)

Glenn Eure, Glenn Eure's Ghost Fleet Gallery, Nags Head, NC

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade
Subject:
Geography, History, Language Arts
Duration:
Three minimum/Seven maximum 30-Minute Lessons
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
National Standards:
History:
Topic 2-Standard 3
Social Studies:
Standards 3,6,7
Language Arts:
Standards 1,4,5,6,8

North Carolina State Standards
Social Studies (2006): Grade 4 – Goal 3:
Language Arts (2004): Grade 4 – Goal 2, 3, 4
Keywords:
North Carolina, Blackbeard, Pirate, Cape Hatteras, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape

Overview

This lesson is designed to introduce students to pirates who plagued the coast of North Carolina during the time of colonization. Students will use a variety of strategies and writing process elements in composing their report.  It will allow students to integrate research of social studies/history of the colonial era with technology, reading, and writing, while connecting their studies to exploring Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Objective(s)

  • Identify pirates who plagued the North Carolina coast during colonial times 
  • Integrate reading, writing, and social studies concepts 
  • Apply comprehension strategies critically, creatively, and strategically 
  • Use media and technological resources for research and as tools for learning
  • Research a pirate chosen from the list identified and collect specific information about the pirate 
  • Present to the class a history of the pirate's life including, but not limited to, defining activities for which they are most noted 
  • Communicate effectively with different audiences through spoken, written, and visual formats   

Background

This lesson is designed to introduce students to pirates who plagued the coast of North Carolina during the time of colonization, as well as to develop research skills in technology and write a research report. They will use a variety of strategies and writing process elements in the composing of their report. It will allow students to integrate research of social studies/history of the colonial era with technology, reading, and writing.

Procedure

Assessment

Asses the students on the following criteria:
  • Check for accurate descriptions 
  • Interesting facts  
  • A conclusion in oral presentations through peer or teacher assessment   

Park Connections

Ocracoke Island, part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has a long history of pirates using its sheltered coves, and is the location of the last battle of the pirate Blackbeard.

Additional Resources

1. Pirates of the Southern Coast; Sandra MacLean Clunies and Bruce Roberts; Lighthouse Publications; 2002
2. The Pirates of the Colonial North Carolina; Hugh F. Rankin; North Carolina Division of Archives and History; 1997 
3. Pirates of the Carolinas; Terrance Zepke; Pineapple Press, Inc.;2008 
4. Pirates! Raiders of the High Seas; Christopher Maynard; DK Publishing, Inc.; 1998 
5. www.nps.gov/caha/historyculture/blackbeard.htm; Ocracoke’s Most Famous Visitor; September, 2008 
6. www.piratesinfo.com 
7. www.beej.us/pirates/ 
8. www.en.wikipedis.org/wiki/piracy 
9. www.piratehaven.org 
10. www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/pirates/html/bbeard.html 
11. www.ocracoke-nc.com/blackbeard/