Here are a couple of jokes that I CI-ified to access my students’ background knowledge of pirates and pirate vocabulary prior to reading Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto.
Joke 1: La Gaviota (The Seagull)
Target Structures: ¿Qué te pasó?, la mano, la pierna, high-frequency verbs in past tense
Anticipatory set: Students described pirates in Spanish using a circle map with partners. Then, we brought a student up to play the part of a pirate and discuss the characteristics of a pirate.
Joke Script: pirata chiste seagull
Slides: pre pirates day 1
Joke Skeleton: Pirate walks into a bar and explains why he has a peg leg and a hook. As for the eye patch, a bird pooped in his eye and “It was my first day with my hook.”
Props: An eye patch, a hook, a sword, a glass for the bartender to be cleaning
Below, my lovely 8th-graders, embracing the silliness.
Joke 2: Pantalones Marrones
miraba el mar y vio – was looking at the sea and saw
tráeme mi camisa roja – bring me my red shirt
luchó – fought
se murió – died
Anticipatory Set: Warm-up Students quickly drew what a pirate would wear on the creepiest looking paper doll I could find. Click here for “Construye un pirata” handout
Game: Form a circle with one less chair than the amount of people. The student who doesn’t have a chair calls out “Llevo rojo.” (“I’m wearing red.”) Any other students wearing red have to move to another seat. The new person in the middle then has to call out a sentence with something they are wearing.
– Round 1: Llevo + color.
– Round 2: Llevo + clothes.
– Round 3: Llevo + clothes and color.
Song: I pre-teach La Camisa Negra by Juanes and personalize clothes vocabulary. Joke Script: pantalones marrones chiste
Slides: pre pirates day 2
Joke Skeleton: First mate sees a pirate ship on the horizon, the captain is very calm, and says “Bring me my red shirt.” They fight and win. Next day, there are 2 pirates ships. The captain says “Bring me my red shirt.” They fight and win. The first mate asks “Why do you always ask for your red shirt?” Captain replies “If I get hurt in battle, the crew can’t see the blood and will continue to fight, unafraid.” Next day, there are 10 pirate ships on the horizon. The crew looks to their fearless leader. The captain shouts out, “Bring me my brown pants!”
Props: Captain hat, construction paper telescope, construction paper boats, pirate hats, swords, red shirt, brown pants.
I mean, what’s more compelling than poop jokes?