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Do you need a new creative writing activity for your students?
Motivate your students to think and write creatively with these pirate writing prompts.
Pirate Creative Writing Prompts
- The pirate writing prompt cards include these twelve imagination-boosting writing prompts:
- You found your great, great grandpa’s treasure map in the attic. You set out on an adventure to find the treasure! Where does the map take you? What do you find?
- You shipwreck on an island. Describe the island. What animals do you find? What plants? How do you build a shelter? How do you survive?
- Pirates were known for singing sea chanties. Write your own pirate song.
- An old pirate gave you his pet parrot, Polly. Each day Polly the Parrot tells you a new pirate adventure. Record one of her stories.
- You are living on a pirate ship, sailing the high seas. What five rules do all pirates live by?
- While living the pirate life on an island, you find a message in a bottle. Write out what the message says.
- You are going on a seven seas sailing adventure! List five items you would pack and list a reason why you would pack each one.
- The captain of the pirate ship wants you to walk the plank. You must persuade him not to have you walk the plank. Record your conversation with the captain.
- You found a huge treasure chest, but a strange smell is seeping from inside. Write a description (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch) of what you find inside the stinky chest.
- What are the worst things about being a pirate? Write a list of three reasons why you would NOT want to be a pirate.
- Design a pirate flag on a piece of paper. Write three sentences about why you chose the colors and design that you chose.
- You need to hide your treasure chest from a group of pirates. List the steps you will take in order to hide it.
How to Use the Pirate Writing Prompts for Kids
You can use these pirate writing prompt cards with a variety of ages.
- Print the prompt card and word bank. Cut out the cards.
- Laminate the cards for durability. If desired, hole punch the cards and add them to a metal ring.
- Consider reading a pirate themed book (or books) to your student.
- Let your student choose a card. (If you are homeschooling, you could add a bit of mystery by putting the cards in a jar and letting your student draw a card.)
- If your student has a hard time writing, ask questions and dialogue ideas together before your student begins.
- Decide if you want to give your student a guideline (This needs to be at least four sentences.) If you do, be clear about your expectation.
Inspire Creative Writing with These Pirate Themed Books
To give your students extra inspiration for their responses to the pirate writing prompts, try reading some of these picture books before writing time.
- Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently
- How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
- Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting
- Pirates Magnified by David Long
- A Year on a Pirate Ship by Elizabeth Havercroft
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- Monster Creative Writing Prompts
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