THE DAY THE PIRATES WENT MAD is an entertaining ‘cozy’ historical fiction that also conveys a ‘boatload’ of learning about the life and times of those sailing the seas 300 years ago, during the Age of Sail.
And now, we’re happy to provide our free Teacher’s Guide to help extend the educational opportunities related to Emma’s adventures. Just in time for International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Since rolling out our first educational games, pirates have been a big theme for us. But earlier this year, we also released our historical novel for middle-grade readers. It’s available internationally through Amazon in both ebook and paperback formats.
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“The details about the ways of living, customs, food, clothing and especially ships is impressive,” writes Margriet Ruurs, Canadian children’s author & international speaker. “The story is gripping – I couldn’t put it down. The author’s thorough research and knowledge of the topic and era truly bring the story to life. Any student interested in history and/or pirates will love this novel.” – via http://blog.tieonline.com/global-book-reviews-21/
“The author not only finds a means of balancing the historical aspect of this narrative,” writes Anthony Avina, indie author, journalist & blogger, “but writes the protagonists and the novel in a way that allows for children ages 10-12 to learn and discover life in the 18th century on the high seas. What stood out the most however was the incredible character growth and development here. Emma is a fantastic school-aged heroine for the age of pirates.” – via https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/2021/08/08/
Take a Look Inside…
The Day the Pirates Went Mad is a historical fiction for middle-grade readers, set at the turn of the 18th century. Follow the adventures of orphanage runaway Emma Sharpe as she voyages to the West Indies aboard the New Adventure. There the crew encounters a cursed pirate treasure. Emma and her friend, Jack Randall, must dare to confront the growing danger before it’s too late.
“I read this to my boys, 11 and 14 at bedtime. Sometimes it wasn’t the best idea before bed, because they broke into sea shanties and got too excited.”
“The characters are well developed, the plot maintains suspense and it’s hard to put it down.”
“The story is well written so I could ‘see’ it unfold.”
“A marvelous, entertaining, and educational read.”More reviews on Amazon.com
We hope our Teacher’s Guide to The Day the Pirates Went Mad will prove equally useful in both the classroom and for the homeschooler or distance learner, helping to extend the educational opportunities related to this story of Emma’s first adventure!
This guide has students:
- Recreate the book cover following their own inspiration,
- Examine the story characters and their decisions,
- Investigate how the story connects with real history,
- and more…
Students are also tasked with creating a presentation about STEAM events occurring just before and after the story.
Download here: Teacher’s Guide
More to come! We have plans for an add-on to this guide that will expand on the STEAM activities Emma was involved with in the story – including such things as cooking/baking, solving navigation problems, laying on supplies, careening the ship, training with the cannons, constructing a model ship, acting out a scene from the story, and more!
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In the meantime, for more behind-the-scenes and research-related information, check out the rest of EmmaSharpesAdventures.com!