We read this when we first studied North Carolina, and the kids were a little weirded out by it then because it’s a little scary, but they’re older now, and a bit more bloodthirsty, and besides our geography group skews heavily to the boy side of things, so anything with pirates is good.
When I read it 3 of the boys (including mine) were absolutely spell bound and kept creeping closer and closer to me, so they were almost on top by the time I was done reading it.
At first I didn’t have a great idea for a craft, and then as we did the protest signs for “Freedom on the Menu,” it came to me! Blackbeard’s corpse sinking into the waters, yes that was our craft.
So, I got out small Dixie cups, popsicle sticks, and cut index cards into little bitty pieces to fit into the cups (approximately fourths). Then I set the kids to drawing their Blackbeard, when they were done they glued their card to a popsicle stick and we stuck it through the bottom of the cup.
They happily sat there pulling him up and down in the cup, and watching his body drown….. Yes, they loved this craft.
Afterwards Superman had a blast stacking cups and making pyramids.