The Most Successful Pirate of All Time

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You've heard of Blackbeard, Black Bart, Calico Jack, and Anne Bonny. But do you recall the most successful pirate of all? Viewers are introduced to the exploits of Madame Zheng and the accomplishments that earned her a place on the list of famous pirates.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the video for out-of-class viewing, and use the resource during Women's History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Madame Zheng work in and then owned a brothel; preview the video to determine whether it's appropriate for younger viewers
  • Mistress Ching of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean at World's End, is modeled after Madame Zheng
Pros
  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, additional background information, and a discussion question
Cons
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