After creating your paper, consider the following questions:
- Was it hard to wait for your paper to be ready?
- Does creating your own paper make you more careful about how you use it?
- Does the look of the paper influence what you put on it?
Writing a story
- When developing your pirate story, think about the following:
- Who are your central characters?
- Can you describe these characters in as much detail as Peter Coffin shows us with his pirate?
- Where does the adventure take place—aboard ship or on land?
- Does your story include any mythical animals?
- What’s the purpose of your story?
- Is it a thrilling tale or does it teach a lesson?
Use these sentence starters to get your quill started.
- Finding myself the youngest member of the crew, I quickly learned . . .
- Land ho, me hearties, and raise the flags because . . .
- We had just cleared the last treasures from the wreck as the ship sank below the ocean surface when . . .
For a story or poem: how about dressing up like a pirate and having someone record you reading your story or poem in your best pirate voice? For a map or riddle: perhaps you could share your map or riddle with a sibling or friend so they can find a special treasure treat!
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- Peter Coffin, Untitled (Pirate), 2007, cast in 2009. Cast aluminum on a painted concrete base. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Maria and William Bell, 2016.61. © Peter Coffin Process
- photographs by Raphael Noz