The Legend of Pirate Sam Bellamy (poetry)
Poetry, Drama 18th century
Are you interested in investigating the Golden Age of Piracy (1680-1730)? Would you like to involve students in the life and times of a famous pirate?
Delve into the life of British-born sailor Samuel Bellamy after he arrived on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and his brief but successful stint as a pirate captain between 1715-1717.
The best resources are ones that can be used in a variety of ways and across a wide age range. This poem is one of them!
- Use the poem in English classes as literature or for speech contests.
- Choreograph the poem using pantomime, tableau, and action for drama showcases, history conventions, or museums.
- In history classes, use the poem to introduce what was happening in Europe, Africa, and America during the Golden Age of Piracy. Engage students in related research as outlined in this resource.
Whether used in the USA or overseas, “The Legend of Pirate Sam Bellamy,” an award-winning poem, is always a success. Different. Engaging.
Contact me below with questions or if you'd like to see a short video of staging I've used.
Teachers are saying...
✎"This poem describes historical events, and thus real people. It is a delightful poem, a fascinating story, and all the work to perform it [if you do that] is available, including music. Using these materials would be a great way for students to learn about the Golden Age of Piracy. It is also just a fun read. I highly recommend this resource." - Leona G.
✎“I saw Rebecca Locklear on stage working with students with this poem. I was impressed by the staging and seamless movement combined with background music and student sound effects. … Captivating. Well-written. Memorable.” - Amazon customer
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NOTE: As per TpT policy, IF the poem is acted out, it does not negatively impact any individual or group.