Analyze How an Author Uses Source Material

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CCSS ELA Literacy RL.9-10.9


In Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp (as Captain Jack Sparrow) and Geoffrey Rush (as Barbossa) are fictional portrayals of real-world pirates. Analyze how the screen play writers used historical documents to create their characters. Pick a real pirate or privateer and compare and contrast the fictional portrayal of them in the movie to historical accounts. There are several real pirates or privateers referred to in the story such as Edward Teach (more commonly known as Blackbeard), Henry Morgan, and Captain William Kidd. Write a short essay (at least 20 sentences) summarizing your comparison. Cite specific details from the story and links to support your comparison.

Associated Story: Pirates of the Caribbean

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Melissa Purcell

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