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September 14, 2013

Teacher says pirates arrr great study topic

Students dress as salty dogs as voyage of discovery ends

Debi Gould’s pre-AP English class at Muskogee High School has been studying pirates since the beginning of summer break.

All students enrolled in Gould’s pre-AP classes read Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” over the summer, wrote a report, produced a special project and studied pirates in-depth, said students Chloe Moore and Andy O’Dell.

Each student dressed in pirate fashion Friday to celebrate the culmination of their studies.

Many of the students said they were surprised by what they learned about history, social studies, geography and culture over the last three or four months.

Courtney Griffin said she was surprised to learn teenagers in the 1700s were pretty much the same as teenagers today.

“The problems we have are different, but the way teenagers develop and mature hasn’t changed at all,” Griffin said in a media release. “They were basically the same back then.”

Marissa Costello said learning about pirates was interesting and the SAT vocabulary she studied has helped prepare her for college by greatly expanding her vocabulary.

“It was especially interesting learning how pirates acted back in the 1700s,” she said.

Maya McGriff agreed.

“I’ve learned about the history of pirates, their journey to find treasure, and that their dialect was very different from ours,” McGriff said.

Gould said she’s been teaching pre-AP English for six years. She said celebrating classic’s such as “Treasure Island” and studying pirates is a fantastic way to get her students exploring and learning.

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