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Pirates from Grammar Island

An Easy-to-Use Language Arts Play for Elementary and Middle School

Grades 2-6
25 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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This 25-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

Sure, they're pirates, but you won't believe what buried treasure they're looking for. With a map in one hand and a dictionary in the other, these brigands scour uncharted waters for grammatical gold: complete sentences, parts of speech, contractions, subject-verb agreement, and correct punctuation and capitalization.

Pirates is a great way to energize your language arts curriculum. Your students will love instead of hate antonyms. No more confusing or confounding synonyms. They'll sell their cell phones and exchange them for homophones. They'll know declarative sentences. How can they ever fail again to identify interrogative sentences? They'll thrive on exclamatory sentences! Go ahead, let our Pirates from Grammar Island teach them imperatives!

The play is chock-full of information, clever song lyrics, and of course silly jokes that all reinforce the curriculum. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Key Concepts

Pirates covers the basic aspects of grammar:

  • parts of speech
  • types of sentences
  • subject-verb agreement
  • capitalization
  • synonyms and antonyms
  • types of pronouns

For a simpler show about grammar, see Grammarosaurus.

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-38-7
© 2006 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"My third grade class just performed 'Pirates from Grammar Island' to a packed house. It was magic! Even more important than the children having fun, they learned about grammar in a fun manner.I used the play as a means to review before our standardized testing. It was wonderful to hear the children humming as they completed their assessments!"

---Arlee Hall, Teacher (3rd grade) Suburu School, Bakersfield, CA

"Incredible! Every play has been a smashing success, but this one was by far the best yet! Fourteen eight and nine year olds fearlessly belting out songs and owning the stage. Seamless transitions. Wild standing ovations. The class just accepted an invitation to reprise their performance at a community arts festival next month, maybe in front of several hundred people. And they're absolutely confident about it."

---Jay Garret-Larsen, Teacher (3rd grade), The Well School, Peterborough NH

"This year my middle school students performed Pirates from Grammar Island. Through this experience they gained an understanding of grammatical concepts that no worksheets could ever have given them. Your plays have reminded me of the importance of hands on learning."

---Bonnie Hauschka, Teacher (3rd-6th grade) Cantwell School, Cantwell, AK

"Pirates was an instant hit from the first reading of the script--pirates are popular with all age groups. I also found it engaging my students for some otherwise dull language arts topics. After internalizing the songs, they would come up and quote or sing from the script each time they found an example in their reading or language study."

---Debbie Lindemann, Teacher (3rd grade), Rancho School, Livermore, CA

"The grammar songs really hit the mark in terms of teaching students important skills. The combination of humor and concepts really reaches the students. We LOVE the plays!"

---Wendy Ulrich, Teacher (4th grade), Joe K. Bryant Elementary, Anna, TX

"They loved it and so did the parents. It's been over a month since our last performance and they are still singing the songs...which means they remember the grammar rules! Sucn a plus!"

---Bev Knox, Teacher (4th grade), Ryan Park School, Angola, IN

"I loved it. The kids really liked the songs. It was just the right length and everyone was able to have a small part. I would recommend this play to any upper elementary group."

---Lisa Mannering, Teacher (7th grade remediation English), Pioneer Jr/Sr. High School, Royal Center, IN

"The humor was very appropriate for this age. It made it easy to learn lines and the songs were catchy, allowing students to really remember them easily and apply them to lassons as well."

---Joanna Simmons, Teacher (3rd grade), Gallup Hill School, Ledyard, CT

"This is my 7th year directing a show. It has become a highlight of 2nd grade and a wonderful memory for the students. Each year older students begin to ask me what show we are doing, and when...My students perform each number with gusto. When they are having so much fun, and learning too, how can it fail?"

---Helena Signore, Teacher (2nd grade), Holy Trinity School, Comstock Park, MI

"My third graders are doing Pirates from Grammar Island this year, and they could not be more delighted, as are their classroom teachers. I actually had one parent say to me, 'Well, if that's the way I'd learned grammar, I'd still remember it!' Our faculty and our students are big Bad Wolf fans! "

---Lisa Feazell, Teacher (Music), Deer Creek Elementary, Cedar Park, TX

Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many Punctuation Pirates, Scouts, Sentence Keepers, etc. as desired.
One stucent can easily play several roles if needed, and individual roles can be
doubled up. Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls; see our
comments on page 35 of the Teacher's Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Captain Comma
Shmitty
Downing
Keepers of Sentences:
Declarative
Interrogative
Imperative
Exclamatory
Collector of Synonyms
Collector of Antonyms
Crewmen
Officials from the Capital Capital
Punctuation Pirates
Adverb Librarian
Advective Librarian
Scouts
Queen
Servant
and a CHORUS comprised of all students who are not playing roles on stage at the time

(Entire CLASS faces audience and sings:)

Song 1 - Listen now!

CLASS:
We're gathered here today for you
To tell a pirate tale
And we may have the strangest crew
That ever has set sail.

While other pirates search for gold
To fill their treasure chest
The heroes of our story have
Good Grammar as their quest!

They're Pirates from Grammar Island
Pirates from Grammar Island
They will fuss and they will fume
'til everyone knows who from whom
Pirates from Grammar Island.

They don't say "Arrrg" or "That's me ship"
They don't ask "Who ye be?"
The subjects of their sentences
And all their verbs agree.

They're out to save all synonyms
And they love homophones
And every double negative
They send to Davy Jones!

They're Pirates from Grammar Island
Pirates from Grammar Island
They will fuss and they will fume
'til everyone knows who from whom
Pirates from Grammar Island.
They will fuss and they will fume
'til everyone knows who from whom...
(EVERYONE gasps for air)
Pirates from Grammar Island.

(CLASS takes its place.CAPTAIN COMMA, SHMITTY,
and DOWNING enter or step forward; CAPTAIN holds a
treasure map:)

SHMITTY: Captain Comma, sir,why did you put ashore here?

CAPTAIN: We're doing what us Pirates from Grammar Island
always do. Here look.

(CAPTAIN points to spot on the treasure map. THEY ALL
look at it.)

DOWNING (looking): Wow. The treasure map says this place is
loaded with grammar.

SHMITTY: (pointing to map again): And right here, on this
X, we'll find all eight parts of speech.

CAPTAIN: Exactly.

(FOUR GUARDIANS of SENTENCES enter. They wear
signs that read: DECLARATIVE, EXCLAMATORY,
IMPERATIVE, and INTERROGATIVE.

DOWNING: Hey, look, someone's coming.

DECLARATIVE: We are the Keepers of the four main kinds
of sentences. I guard Declarative sentences, sentences
that makes a statement. And this is the Keeper of
Interrogatives.

INTERROGATIVE (to PIRATES): Who are you? Where did you
come from?
(pulls a photo out of pocket)
Would you like to see a picture of my pet moose?

IMPERATIVE: Stop asking questions!

DECLARATIVE (gesturing to IMPERATIVE): That's the
Keeper of Imperatives. He gives commands.

EXCLAMATORY: I can't stand it! I'm always last! This stinks!

DECLARATIVE (gesturing to EXCLAMATORY): And this is the
Keeper of Exclamations...he's filled with strong feelings.

SHMITTY: So, what do you all do?

IMPERATIVE: Tell them!

EXCLAMATORY: Ooh, I can't wait!

INTERROGATIVE: Can I go first?

DECLARATIVE: You certainly may.

INTERROGATIVE:

Song 2 - Listen now!

What can I say?
Where do I start?
Don¹t you like my question mark?

Why is there air?
Why is it cold?
Why do I sound two years old?

ALL FOUR:
The declaratives make a statement
Exclamations shout at you
Interrogatives ask a question...but
Imperatives are saucy
They're commanding and they're bossy
Just telling you what to do.

EXCAMATORY:
This is so fun!
I'm feeling proud!
Holy smokes I sure am loud!

I gotta shout!
I gotta scream!
Think I had too much caffeine!

ALL FOUR and CHORUS:
The declaratives make a statement
Exclamations shout at you
Interrogatives ask a question...but
Imperatives are saucy
They're commanding and they're bossy
Just telling you what to do.

IMPERATIVES:
Clean up your room!
Finish your food!
Sit up straight and don't be rude!

Stand over there!
Pick up your clothes!
Don¹t put carrots in your nose!

ALL FOUR and CHORUS:
The declaratives make a statement
Exclamations shout at you
Interrogatives ask a question...but
Imperatives are saucy
They're commanding and they're bossy
Just telling you what to do.
Just telling you what to do.

CAPTAIN (to SHMITTY and DOWNING): I'll take these
Keepers to our ship. On Grammar Island we need all
four kinds of sentences.You two start searching
for those parts of speech.

(SENTENCES and CAPTAIN exit.)

DOWNING: How are we supposed to do that?

SHMITTY: Here come a couple locals. Let's ask them.

(COLLECTORS enter)

DOWNING (to COLLECTORS): Hi there, we're Pirates
from Grammar Island.

SYNONYM: Welcome. I¹m a Collector of Synonyms.

DOWNING: I LOVE synonym. Especially synonym toast.
And those synonym rolls with the icing? Theyre the best.

SYNONYM: Synonyms, not cinnamon. Words that mean the
same thing. Identical. Alike. Parallel.

SHMITTY: Well, maybe you can tell us what it's like
around here.

SYNONYM: It's a friendly land. Neighborly. Amicable.

ANTONYM: And hostile, angry, malcontent.

SYNONYM: Just ignore him. He's a Collector of
Antonyms. Let me tell you about our land.

Song 3 - Listen now!

SYNONYM:
It's burning and it's torrid
It's sweltering and hot

ANTONYM:
It's freezing something horrid
It's cold in every spot.

SYNONYM:
Don't don't listen to him...he's an antonym
He's an antonym.

It's waterless and arid
It's withered up and dry

ANTONYM:
So wet you cannot bare it
I wouldn't tell a lie.

SYNONYM:
Don't don't listen to him...he's an antonym
He's an antonym.
Don't don't listen to him...he's an antonym
He's an antonym.

BOTH:
Synonyms all mean the same
But antonyms just don't

SYNONYM:
When I say yes, of course you will

ANTONYM:
I'm here to say you won't!

SYNONYM and HALF OF CHORUS:
The land is high and soaring

ANTONYM and OTHER HALF OF CHORUS:
The land is rather low

SYNONYM and HALF OF CHORUS:
The wind is loud and roaring

ANTONYM and OTHER HALF OF CHORUS:
So quiet when it blows.

SYNONYM and COMPLETE CHORUS:

Don't don' listen to him...he's an antonym
He's an antonym.
Don't don't listen to him...he's an antonym
He's an antonym.
Don't don't listen to him...he's an antonym
He's an antonym.

(COLLECTORS exit. CAPTAIN enters, in a hurry,
with THREE CREWMEN following.)

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. Pirates from Grammar Island
2. The Sentence Song
3. He's an Antonym
4. It's a Curse
5. Capitalize
6. We Were Punctuation Pirates
7. Parts of Speech
8. Hunting for Some Verbs
9. I'm the Queen of Pronouns
10. Pirates from Grammar Island (Reprise)

Common Core and Other National Standards

Language Arts

Pirates from Grammar Island was written specifically to teach the Common Core Language Standards:

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standard 1 for 5th-8th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standards 2 and 6 for 5th-8th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Vocabulary

synonyms
apostrophe
comma
colon
adverb
verb
declarative
rhetorical question
antonyms
homophones
parenthesis
articles
semicolon
noun
interjection
interrogative
contractions
capital letters
punctuation
adjective
conjunction
exclamatory
double negatives
proper nouns
dangling participle
possessives
pronoun
preposition
imperative

General Vocabulary:
crew
quest
fume
horrid
supersize
purloin
splendid
ponder
Davy Jones
locals
saucy
arid
italicize
plunder
scout
rebel
caffeine
amicable
cinnamon
soaring
hoard
trolling
brutal
parallel
torrid
hostile
gawk
scour
eBay
doomed
malcontent
fuss
sweltering
capital
Bahamas
sea-way
disastrous
King James
President McKinley
Captain Kirk
withered up
"put ashore"
"walk the plank"
"out to sea"
"money in the bank"

Performance Photos

Performance Photos from Bad Wolf Press