Writing Topics and Projects

for Curse of the Pirate’s Treasure


Creative Writing Exercises

1.  Become a character and write a letter to another character.  You may want to write about tough decisions or problems or about something you are puzzled or excited about.  You may want to give suggestions to help the other or to try and understand what they are facing.

2.  Write a new chapter changing the ending or adding on to the ending.  Write a new chapter/scene within the book. 

3.  Write a story about Granny Brady (The Sea Witch), Alex Jamison, Sheila Webb, Sam Web, Mr. Brady, or Captain Nicholas that captures a situation involving conflict when they were younger.  (i.e. Captain Nicholas escaping prison, Alex’s first snipe hunt, Granny Brady meeting her future husband, Sheila dealing with Sam’s crazy “get-rich” schemes, Mr. Brady trying to leave Boulder Cove.)

4.  Write a ballad about a topic based on the sea, storms, pirates, or treasure.  Where in the novel might Nick or Granny Brady sing it?  How would the ballad affect the mood of the scene.

5.  Write a dialogue where two or more characters from the novel have an argument.  Perform the scene.

6.  Write a letter or email to the author telling what scenes or characters you liked, plot suggestions, or asking questions you were curious about.  Mail it.

Essay Topics

7.  Rusty, Matthew, and Nick all have conflicts with their fathers.  Write an essay examining the reasons for the conflict, how they attempt to deal with them, and how the conflicts are resolved in the end.

8.  Write a character portrait about one of the major characters.  Include physical description, passions, worries, relationships, personality, choices, and growth.

9.  Write an essay describing the relationship between two (or three) characters.  Look at the initial relationship, how and why it changed, the conflicts, and growth.  What draws the characters together?

10.  Many of the characters face difficult challenges and conflicts.  Describe the central conflicts of the novel and show how characters face them.

11.  Compare two of the settings and show how the setting builds plot, atmosphere, intensifies conflict or helps in understanding a character.


12. Make a board game.  Think having riddles to solve and creating traps and dangerous situations or difficult sea or weather conditions.

13.  Make a diorama or a mobile of an important scene.

14.  Write a script for radio based on a scene from the play.  Create sound effects.  Record on tape.

15.  Illustrate a setting, scene, or character.  Create a new cover for the novel.

16.  Find a book of sea ballads and perform one for the class.

17.  Make a sculpture of a scene, character, or significant object in novel.