Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost

by Geoffrey Hayes
Reading Level 2.8

Setting:Boogie Bay
Characters:Otto, Uncle Tooth, Auntie Hick, Captain Poopdeck, Joe Puffin, Widow Mole, Blackeye Doodle, Ducky Doodle
Plot:Strange things are happening in Boogie Bay: people are seeing ghosts, things are disappearing, and dead pirates are appearing to haunt the townspeople. The residents of Boogie Bay are frightened, and they want answers!
Solution:Otto and Uncle Tooth decide to solve the mystery by following the clues, which lead to a very surprising ending.
Summary:One day, Otto and Uncle Tooth are cleaning out the attic. They find a trumpet, and Uncle Tooth tells Otto he may have it. Otto is very excited and plays the instrument as he walks around the village. On his walk, he learns about a number of robberies. He scares Auntie Hick, who was already jumpy—she believes she has just seen a ghost! Thus begins a series of events that are lead to an adventure for Otto and his friends in Boogie Bay. They believe the robberies done by the ghost of Blackeye Doodles, a pirate who drown at sea. As it turns out, Blackeye's orphan son, Ducky Doodles, is stealing things to survive. He ran away from the orphanage to become a pirate like his father. Otto and Uncle Tooth decide to help Ducky get a job and repay the folks from whom he stole things. Not only do they solve the mystery of the pirate ghost, now that they've had a taste of adventure, they decide to start a detective agency in search of more excitement.
Curriculum Connections:Writing mystery stories, rocks and cave unit

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask the students if they have ever lost something, and it became a real mystery as to what had happened. Tell them, [This has happened to us all. Our story today is even more exciting! It is a mystery about a pirate!] What other stories do they know with pirates in them?


Visualizing

Have students do the following exercise: Picture yourself near the ocean in a little village where pirates hang out. You hear there are strange things happening, and a long-dead pirate is being blamed for them. How do you feel?


Library Skills

Discuss the elements of a mystery:

Suspense: emotions are touched and we want to keep reading

A hook: something to grab your interest at the beginning of the story

Danger: this can be in the form of risk, intrigue, violence

Foreshadowing: author leaves clues in the story as to the solution

Cliffhangers: a technique used at the end of chapters to keep us reading

Strong characters: usually very interesting, striking characters

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • And I Mean It, Stanley 1
  • Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery 5
  • Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation 9
  • Biscuit Goes to School 13
  • The Boston Coffee Party 17
  • Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express 21
  • Cave Boy 25
  • Chang's Paper Pony 29
  • Crocodile and Hen: A Bakongo Folktale 33
  • Danny and the Dinosaur 37
  • Five Silly Fisherman 41
  • The Golly Sisters Go West 45
  • The Great Snake Escape 49
  • The Horse in Harry's Room 53
  • Ice-Cold Birthday 57
  • Little Bear 61
  • Little Bear's Visit 65
  • Mouse Tales 69
  • The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost 73
  • No Fighting, No Biting! 77
  • No Mail for Mitchell 81
  • No More Monsters for Me! 85
  • Oliver 89
  • Oscar Otter 93
  • Owl at Home 97
  • Porcupine's Pajama Party 101
  • Pretty Good Magic 105
  • R Is for Radish 109
  • Sammy the Seal 113
  • Scruffy 117
  • Sleepy Dog 121
  • Small Pig 125
  • The Smallest Cow in the World 129
  • Stanley 133
  • Three by the Sea 137
  • Appendix 141
  • Index 143
  • About the Author 149
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