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How I Became a Pirate Super Pack

How I Became a Pirate is the extraordinary story of how an average boy named Jeremy Jacob became a pirate. Packed with action and complex text structures, this book is a good resource for teaching developing readers retelling and summarizing, visualizing and making predictions.

Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Long E Vowel Teams
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!

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Comprehension Strategy Resources

All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

Making Predictions with How I Became a Pirate

If you’re looking for the perfect book to pair with a lesson on making predictions, look no further. As the main character unexpectedly joins a band of pirates, learns their ways, endures a storm, and ultimately decides whether to remain a pirate forever or return home, readers have many opportunities to practice making and validating their predictions about the characters’ actions.

Retelling and Summarizing with How I Became a Pirate

How I Became a Pirate is a good selection for readers who are building their retelling and summarizing skills to improve their comprehension. The unique story-within-a-story text structure used in this book requires students to pay close attention to specific details and text structures to correctly retell and summarize.

Understanding Text Structure with How I Became a Pirate

With a story-within-a-story format and other structures presented like cause/effect, How I Became a Pirate is terrific practice for students who are learning to understand how different text structures affect their understanding.

Visualizing with How I Became a Pirate

Students will have a riot practicing visualizing with How I Became a Pirate. The rich illustrations, fantastic event descriptions and nonstop action make it easy to create a movie in your mind while reading this book.

How I Became a Pirate Extension Activity

The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

How I Became a Pirate Running Record

Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of How I Became a Pirate. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

Word Work

A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

How I Became a Pirate Word Work - Long E Vowel Teams

If you use How I Became a Pirate as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in word study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching a phonics lesson about long E vowel teams (ee, ea). You can find these lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets in your Super Pack, or download the individual Word Work package now.

Vocabulary Connections

Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

How I Became a Pirate Vocabulary Connections

Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of How I Became a Pirate if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.

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