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About the book

Since its publication in 1883, TREASURE ISLAND has remained one of the great tales of mutiny. Its primary malefactor, Long John Silver, has become synonymous with evil. The story is told through the eyes of Jim Hawkins, a young man who first encounters tales of buried treasure while working at his father's tavern. The action moves from the Admiral Benbow Inn to the high seas and on to secret islands. (© Amazon.com)


Curriculum resources

  • A Teaching Unit for Treasure Island by Joan Bigelow
    Welcome, Introduction, Treasure Island Map, Piratical Research, Web Sites, Bibliography, Ship Parts, Hispaniola, Jolly Roger, Map Game, Project, Puppet Show, Vocabulary, Parent Letter, Teacher Synopsis, Bibliographical Guide

Related topics

  • Pirates, Pieces of Eight, and Pacific Nights by Anthony F. Franco
    "a multidimensional unit designed for middle school English and Social Studies classes on the Golden Age of piracy during the early Eighteenth Century and the lure of treasure which beckoned seamen and landlubbers alike. The vehicle for exploration of these themes is the work of Robert Louis Stevenson through such classics as "Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," "The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and "A Child’s Garden of Verses."
    http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1981/2/81.02.02.x.html (Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute; )

About the author

Robert Louis Stevenson was born to Thomas and Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. From the beginning he was sickly. Through much of his childhood he was attended by his faithful nurse, Alison Cunningham, known as Cummy in the family circle. She told him morbid stories about the Covenanters (the Scots Presbyterian martyrs), read aloud to him Victorian penny-serial novels, Bible stories, and the Psalms, and drilled the catechism into him, all with his parents' approval. Thomas Stevenson was quite a storyteller himself, and his wife doted on their only child, sitting in admiration while her precocious son expounded on religious dogma. Stevenson inevitably reacted to the morbidity of his religious education and to the stiffness of his family's middle-class values, but that rebellion would come only after he entered Edinburgh University. More... (Andreas Teuber; )

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