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May 02, 2014

Pirates and the Law

Grade Level:




In this lesson, discussion of modern day piracy begins with a cartoon by Michael Ramirez depicting a 17th century pirate ship pulling a large 21st century ship through the sea. Then, the instructor can lead a conversation about piracy – What is piracy? Who are pirates? What motivates them? Etc. The lesson introduces students to issues involving international law in the context of globalization.


Time needed:

45-60 minutes


Materials required:

Pirates and the Law Lesson Plan

Editorial Cartoon by Michael Ramirez


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 2: Time, Continuity, and Change

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 9: Global Connections