13 Pirate Writing Prompts

There are few types of characters which capture the attention of a child more than a fearsome pirate.

Today we’re going to use this to our advantage, and inspire some creative writing from our students with a collection of pirate themed prompts which I’ve just whipped up.

The nice thing about the pirate topic is that we can encourage writing not only about swashbuckling pirates themselves, but also all the associated topics, from the sea, to historical towns, mystery, and everything in between.

How should these be used?

Try breaking the class into small groups and give each a single different prompt, and have them write the story as a group.

Alternatively you can select one specific prompt and provide it to every student and just let them all come up with their own unique story.

Another option is selecting a prompt for the class to discuss, and working through with the entire group what the beginning, middle and end should entail.

As long as we’re encouraging creative thinking, and an eagerness to write a new story, our job is done.

The Prompts:

  1. The pirate ship cut its way through the waves…
  2. Blackbeard turned to look out to the horizon and saw…
  3. She climbed to the very top of the mast, with it’s fluttering skull and crossbones flag…
  4. Their ship turned, cannons at the ready…
  5. As the pirates came closer, they could hear the singing of shanties…
  6. The hulking battle scarred ship sailed into port, but who was onboard the townspeople wondered…
  7. As the ship rocked, he pointed to the tattered map.”Thar be treasure” he said…
  8. They’d found the shipwreck at long last, and could see…
  9. A mighty whale was right alongside their ship now…
  10. As the pirate ship inched closer, they began to swing across on ropes…
  11. Her face looked golden, with the light relecting off all the loot…
  12. The ship sank in the distance, as they all scrambled out of the waves onto the deserted island…
  13. Voices along the dock sank to a whisper as the ragtag pirate crew appeared…

Yarrr, have a creative writing session!

I hope you have a wonderfully productive writing exercise and that you’ve now got more students interested in storytelling than you had before.

We’re always publishing more free prompts and other teaching resources for you to use, so make sure you bookmark and Pin and come back soon so you don’t miss out.

If you have a request for our next creation, just let us know.

Thanks
– Matt & Hayley

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