Bring ELA to Life with Story Pirates and Seesaw

Teachers, are you looking for ways to add a spark to writing instruction? Want to foster creative storytelling in your classroom? Seesaw is partnering with Story Pirates to bring fun and engaging ELA learning experiences to you and your students!

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They don’t steal gold or raid ships. They’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories! The crew aboard the Story Pirates’ ship—including world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians—takes original stories from real kids around the world, and turns them into plays, songs, books, and episodes of their award-winning podcast. Their aim is to nurture and inspire the big thinkers, dreamers, and creative problem solvers of tomorrow.

Seesaw and Story Pirates are excited to present you with live virtual sessions and resources to bring your ELA instruction to life!


Bringing ELA to Life: Arts Integration for Character Creation

Story Pirates and Seesaw Heros

On May 8th from 4:30-5:30 pm PST Seesaw will host a Learn with the Expert Webinar where Story Pirates will explore techniques to help students create engaging characters that leap off the page. We’ll explore everything from the broad strokes of creating new characters, to fun methods of “showing not telling” characters with concrete details, to a mini-lesson on quotation mark placement for character dialogue that students will actually enjoy! All of this will be supported by arts-integrated techniques that will heighten student engagement, but which will feel natural and comfortable for educators, and fit easily within their usual teaching practice.


5 Senses Detective with Story Pirates

Seesaw students on a laptop

On May 9th at 10:30 am PST, join Seesaw and Story Pirates with your class for a live virtual student event. In this engaging, arts integrated workshop, students will learn fun and easy techniques for fleshing out the characters in their writing, incorporating concrete sensory details from all five senses. The particular focus on this day will be creating a detective character appropriate for a mystery story, but students will be able to carry over the techniques they learn to any style of character in any writing piece. The workshop will wrap up with a simple, digestible method for students (or teachers) to set up the scenario for a suspenseful mystery story, once again making careful use of details drawn from the five senses.

**This 45 minute event is intended for 3rd-6th grade students!

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Story Pirates Story Sparks

Story Pirates Seesaw Library CollectionThe Story Pirates Story Sparks Collection can now be found in the Seesaw Library! Story Pirates Story Sparks uses creative story sparks from our friends at Story Pirates to engage in standards-aligned writing activities. Using clips from the hilarious Story Pirates Podcast, as well as inspirational quotes and short bios, these lessons hook students with creative prompts to spark ideas for their writing. Then, different brainstorming, revising, and partner activities assist students in publishing their final writing artifact to complete their lesson and experience.

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