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August 08, 2018 : Blackbeard the Pirate

The Mini Page is a syndicated, four-page tabloid written for young children found each Wednesday in The Denver Post. This issue of The Mini Page is available through the eEdition Archive to registered eEdition subscribers

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Activities:

1. Design your own pirate flag. Use newspaper pictures on your flag.

2. Pretend you have to receive your food and supplies by boat. Go through the newspaper and circle 10 items you would like to have shipped to you. Explain your choices.

3. Select eight people from the newspaper that you would put in your pirate crew. List the names. Next to each name, explain why you chose that person. Use news stories and comic strips to locate your crew.

4. How were these related to Blackbeard and pirates: (a) Alexander Spotswood, (b) booty, (c) Queen Anne’s Revenge and (d) Edward Thatch?

5. Use the internet or books to research modern - day pirates. How are modern pirates similar to Blackbeard? How are they different? Write a short article comparing the two. You can use these sites: a.criminaljusticeusa.com/blog/2009/10-shocking-facts-about-modern-day-pirates/ and b.people.howstuffworks.com/pirate5.htm , or other sites you find.

Mini Page activities meet many state and national educational standards. Each week we identify standards that relate to The Mini Page content and offer activities that will help your students reach them.

This week's standard:
Students use biographies and stories to understand the individuals who are part of history. (Social Studies: History)

(standards by Dr. Sherrye D. Garrett, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)

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