> Skip to content

Activity  •  2 April 2020

 

At home lesson: pirate inspired imaginative writing

All hands hoay with these creative writing tips!

For parents and teachers: This is a fun unit of work for years 3-6 that will boost creative thinking and expression, explore language, improve vocabulary, and examine the importance of character and setting in imaginative texts. It is appropriate for independent learning and can be done in 1 to 1.5 hours or broken up into shorter segments.

For students: Follow the steps below and by the end of it, you’ll have written an adventure story about pirates!

1. Read an extract from Atticus Van Tasticus

Click here for extract

2. On the sheet below, circle the character you liked most and write underneath why you liked them. If you can’t print off the page, write your answer on a blank piece of paper.

3. Make up a name for a character you’d have in a story about pirates. Write a sentence that describes what is special about this character.

4. Find the words in the word search below.

5. Some of the words in the word search were a bit odd, weren’t they? You probably wouldn’t use them in everyday language. Answer the below to work out what type of words they are. Some questions might have more than one answer, but you don’t have to list all the answers:

  • What is a sound a pirate might make?
  • Find a person's name:
  • What is something you might find on a pirate ship?

CHALLENGE: What does the word doubloon mean? Is it:

  1. a) A pirate's hat
  2. b) A piece of silver
  3. c) A cloak that doubles as a blanket
  4. d) A Spanish gold coin

6. Look at the picture below. It’s missing a bit in the middle. Perhaps it’s a sea monster, or an alien or another pirate ship, or something else entirely. What would you put here? Let your imagination go wild. Draw what you picture in your mind. It doesn’t matter if you’re not good at drawing, put in some details to make it interesting. As long as you can see it in your imagination, that is the main thing.

7. Now you’re ready to write a short story about a pirate! Include the following in your story to help you on your way:

  • The character you created in step 3)
  • Some of the words you found in step 4)
  • The scene in step 6)

The main thing is to have fun with your story. When you have finished writing it, read it aloud to hear how it sounds. If some bits don't make sense, have a go at re-writing that sentence or paragraph so that it sounds better. This step is called editing.

When you have edited your story, there's only one more thing you need to do... 

8. Give your story a heading! You can make your heading fun, or exciting or mysterious – it’s up to you. Underneath your heading, write who the story is by, it’s by you!

Well done, that’s the end of the lesson. If you would like to read more pirating adventures, you can buy the Atticus Van Tasticus books from all good bookstores.

See: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/atticus-van-tasticus-9780143796541

Teachers and parents, further resources around this book can be found here:

https://www.penguin.com.au/content/resources/TR_AtticusVanTasticusUpdatedFinal.pdf


Atticus Van Tasticus 2: The Map of Half Maps Andrew Daddo, Stephen Michael King

The second book in the Atticus Van Tasticus pirate series from the hilariously funny team of Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King.

Buy now
Buy now

More features

See all activities
Activity
Easy activities for kids at home

Keep the kids entertained with these fun book-related ideas. There's an activity book for every age: one for littlies, one for kids and one for grown-ups too!

Activity
Puffinalia for educators

Celebrating 80 years of Puffin!

Activity
Need a Book Week costume quickly?

Book Week is an amazing chance for your child to get creative, engage with their favourite books and dress up in character. If you need a costume, stat, here are a few ideas to help you get something incredible off the ground before the big day . . . 

Article
Win a mural by Stephen Michael King

Plus a visit from Andrew Daddo!

Activity
Under Your Feet activity pack

Dig a little deeper to find a hidden world!

Activity
How to Make a Better World activity pack

A fun and inspiring practical guide on how young people can make a real difference.

Activity
What A Waste activity pack

Everything you need to know about what we’re doing to our environment, good and bad.

Activity
Earth's Incredible Oceans colouring sheet

A gorgeously illustrated book all about oceans for young animal and conservation enthusiasts.

Activity
Smiling Mind 3: Noisy Tom activity pack

How do you communicate your feelings?

Activity
Masters of Disguise activity pack

In what part of the world could you find an Orchid Mantis?

Activity
Mr Men 50th Anniversary Party Pack

Celebrate 50 years of the wonderful world of Mr Men and Little Miss with this fun party pack

Activity
Worlds of Wonder colouring sheet

Get ready to discover a whole new world of colours.

Looking for more activities?

See all activities