I then read the classic poem "The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee" in my best pirate swagger voice. The children were told to visualize the poem and create a movie in their minds. I gave them each a piece of drawing paper and told them to create a picture of the poem. I ended up reading the poem a second time, I have a few ELL students and one late comer.
The next day I had them write vivid words on sticky notes and we shared them. We talked about how specific words and phrases create a better picture in the reader's mind. ex. a zigzaggy scar, floppety plume, and slickery slosh.
We then choral read the poem and talked about expressive voices and fluency. I love when one lesson hits many standards!
I ransacked a bag of leftover party goods up in my attic to add to the pirate decor. The children picked eye patches, compasses and gold coins. I enlarged the poem, changed the font and printed it out on card stock. I tore the edges and inked them with brown ink using an old sponge. Here is the display we created: