Treasure Island

Treasure Island 2020

A reimagined, epic audio adventure based on the classic novel “Treasure Island,” by Robert Louis Stevenson.



TREASURE ISLAND 2020 SYNOPSIS

James Hawkins, 13, is not looking forward to another boring summer in Montauk, Long Island where he helps his mom run a motel. But all of that changes in a heartbeat when he discovers a mysterious man washed up on the beach, disoriented and in fear for his life from a “one-legged man.” James and his new friends, the twins Morgan and Max who are visiting the summer hot-spot from their home in NYC, begin to suspect that the disoriented Billy Bones is, in fact, a real pirate from the 18th century. As they follow clues to Billy’s origin, James, Morgan and Max become the target of the ruthless treasure hunter, Kinkade, who will stop at nothing to find Billy. Pursued by Kinkade across the sea, the dingy with James, Max and Morgan aboard is sucked into a whirlpool and destroyed, but the kids crawl out of the surf. But the beach is covered with snow drifts. It is no longer summertime, and they have landed nearly 300 years in the past, where the first person they encounter is a man with the wooden leg. And so begins a swashbuckling adventure they never could have imagined.

As part of the ELA curriculum, classrooms can compare and contrast this modern re-imagination of the classic novel with the original and easy-to-follow abridged versions. Appropriate for 6th to 8th grade levels.

Download PDF of Treasure Island   Read online at Library of Congress

Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction
Themes: Time Travel, Pirates, Comparative Literature, Mystery, Courage, Overcoming Obstacles
Avg. Episode Length: 25-30 minutes
No. of Episodes: 10 episodes (5 hours)

OVERVIEW OF CLASSROOM MATERIALS

Hey Educators! You’re excited to use Treasure Island 2020 in class, and maybe you’re asking yourself where do I start or what’s the best way to listen? The answer is that thousands of teachers across the United States and Canada use Gen-Z Media podcasts in dozens of different ways for multiple grade levels, classroom-wide, for breakout groups, to reward learning, and as homework. To the right, you’ll find customized materials that support a flexible and powerful staged approach to engaging with the podcast, which also aligns with common standards. And they’re free!

The Listening Guide offers a simple and effective way to guide your students through themes of story and character development, help guide their search for clues and evidence, and encourage their development of bigger ideas. It is available in both digital and printable versions, and is designed to be simple and intuitive to use. The accompanying video demonstrates ways to use the Listening Guide in more detail.

The Explore Board is a resource for students both before they start listening to the podcast and while listening. The Explore Board resource, customized to each podcast, introduces students to concepts, themes and topics of the podcast and helps them hone skills for deeper learning engagement with the podcast. Because you may have specific ideas you want your students to explore while listening, the Explore Board can be easily edited so that you can tailor it to fit student and classroom needs. A separate video, “Workflow Options,” and accompanying text instructions on the “Where Do I Start” page lays out the simple steps for modifying and sharing the Explore Board and other resources. Microsoft users, there are instructions in that video for you too, explaining how to convert these resources to OneDrive.

The Choice Board is a resource for students to use after they have finished listening to the podcast. The Choice Board, customized to each podcast, takes a deeper dive into major themes, concepts and topics introduced in the podcast. The Choice Board features a combination of anchor assignments and lighter exercises, so you’ll find helpful direction and support for every student. Like the paired Explore Board to support student engagement before and during listening, the Choice Board can also be easily edited so that you can tailor it to fit student and classroom needs. A separate video, “Workflow Options,” and accompanying text instructions on the “Where Do I Start” page lays out the simple steps for modifying and sharing the Choice Board and other resources. Microsoft users, there are instructions in that video for you too, explaining how to convert these resources to OneDrive.

Here is a handy link to a PDF of Standards associated with Treasure Island 2020 classroom engagement.