I am teaching Treasure Island this year.  I am having problems finding interesting projects and am looking for suggestions.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It's my favorite children's book.  Here are some of my long-time favorite activities:

  • Literary Mock Trial: Make the pirates testify, cross-examine, and make closing arguments before they have to walk the plank.  Here are some samples:

http://www.19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us/services/Pages/mock_trials.aspx

  • Found Poem: condense any passage or page of the book into a "found poem," reduced to only imagery, theme, and sound devices.
  • Talk-Like-a-Pirate Week: write, re-write, and translate passages from the book into pirate talk.  "Shiver me timbers!"
  • Buried Treasure: use the motif of treasure hunting as a form of literary criticism.  Have students find buried words (literary devices) in passages and books around the room.
  • Process Writing: have students write a step-by-step guide to find something (a prize hidden in the room).  Good as a technical writing lesson in giving instructions.

My other advice is to subscribe to Enotes.  The site has hundreds of pages of activities, study guides, tests, quizzes, lesson and unit plans.  It's almost too much information!

Just look:

Treasure Island Lesson Plan (Teacher's Pet Publications)

Treasure Island Puzzle Pack (Teacher's Pet Publications)

Treasure Island Teaching Unit (Prestwick House)

Treasure Island Response Journal (Prestwick House)

Treasure Island | Criticism

  • The Concept of Money

    Hart has degrees in English and creative writing and is the author of several books. In this essay, Hart studies the concept of money, how it applies to the story, and how it affects the characters.

  • The Tools of the Writing Craft

    Holm is a freelance writer as well as a genre novel and short story author. In this essay, Holm discusses tools of the writing craft that Stevenson uses to make this story engaging and suspenseful.

  • The Double Life of Robert Louis Stevenson

    In the following essay, the author discusses the influence Stevenson’s personal life had on his novels.

  • Treasure Island Study Guide

    Saddleback Classics Study Guides contain everything a teacher needs in an easy to use format. 35 reproducible exercises evaluate comprehension and teach higher order thinking skills as well as literary appreciation. There is a correlated study...

  • Treasure Island Study Guide (Enhanced eBook)

    Saddleback Classics Study Guides contain everything a teacher needs in an easy to use format. 35 reproducible exercises evaluate comprehension and teach higher order thinking skills as well as literary appreciation. There is a correlated study...

  • Grammardog Guide to Treasure Island

    Grammar, Style, and Proofreading Exercises designed to teach grammar in context. These reproducible exercises use sentences from the literature. Each literary work is analyzed for 12 of the following 14 elements: parts of speech; proofreading...

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