The New England Pirate Museum
Pre Visit Activities
SUGGESTED PRE-VISIT ACTIVITIES
- Have the students investigate the lives and times of pirates of New England (A list of brief biographies is included in this package) and take careful notes on the museum presentation in order to do the Time-Line post-activity.
- Have the students do the enclosed world and New England maps. (A post activity will require each student to identify two locations on each map making specific pirate-related comments about each.)
- Require the students to do the vocabulary and dictionary activities contained in this packet.
- Advise the students that they will need to do thorough preparation and take careful notes on the museum presentation in order to do the post visit activities.
- Review with the students the enclosed material on Piracy - "Historical Perspective"
- Have the students investigate the life of one of New England's Pirates or their victims and present that information to the class. (A list of brief biographies is enclosed)
- Have the students complete maps relating to some centers of pirate activities - outline maps and a list of places to locate are enclosed.
- Like everyone else, pirates had to live by rules. Working in groups, have the students develop a set of rules that they think a band of pirates might have followed. During their visit to the museum, they will learn more about "Articles of Agreement". (There is an activity sheet entitled "Articles of Agreement" contained in this packet .)
- Have students investigate life aboard a pirate ship: find information on the daily routine of the crew; the chain of command aboard; how booty would be divided; what punishments would be administered if "rules" were broken; how a pirate ship would attack and overtake a "prize", etc.
- Organize the students into teams and prepare each team to complete the "Pirate Plaque Attack" and "Who Am I" activities while they are taking the museum tour.
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