Name: _________________ #: ____ Date: ______________ The Ghost Ship In 1872 the crew of the Mary Celeste disappeared without a trace. It’s what maritime legendsare made of: A ship was seen in the distance and hailed without anyone responding. The crewboarded the empty ship finding only a creaking wheel, cabin doors slamming open and shut in thewind, the sails completely open, but not a soul in sight. What happened to the crew of the MaryCeleste? Make up a story that explains what happened to the crew of the ghost ship. Start withan engaging topic sentence followed by vivid details in sequence that tell the story of how the crewdisappeared, but the ship did not. Brainstorm your ideas on the back of this paper using the questions I provided for you beforestarting your rough draft. After you answer the questions turn them into a paragraph about theday you were a different age. Then have an adult help you edit your rough draft by looking forcapital letters, correct punctuation and grammar, spelling mistakes, and how well you stayed ontopic. Last, rewrite your paragraph in your neatest handwriting or type it up on the computer.Make sure to turn in this sheet, your edited rough draft, and your final copy.REMEMBER: 1. Sentences should start with a capital and end with a period, question mark, or exclamation point. 2. A sentence should be a complete thought or idea. Your paragraph should have at least 6 sentences. 3. Strong sentences have vivid details. 4. Your paragraph should stay on topic and have a topic sentence, detail sentences, and a concluding sentence. Don’t forget to indent! proofread 5. All words should be spelled correctly. Have an adult proofread your paragraph before turning it in.Here’s an example of my paragraph: The morning started like any other day on the high seas. The sun was shining and the blue water lappedat the sides of the ship, so how were we to know soon everything would change forever? The sun soon washigh overhead when the sky began to turn dark and grey. We thought a storm was brewing, so we beganto change our course and all crew members were pulled onto the deck. Suddenly it looked as though awhirlpool was shooting out of the sea itself, and a black figure rose above it. “How dare you enter myterritory!” bellowed the shadow. “Your actions have doomed you for eternity!” With those words a boltof lightning struck our ship and I could feel the magic coursing through my body. I blinked my eyes acouple of times and noticed that the clouds were gone along with the booming voice and the whirlpool, butso were the rest of the crew members. I looked down at my own hands and body and saw nothing. Ireached for the cabin door and found that I could float right through the walls. We were all ghosts andwould spend the rest of eternity on our ship, the Mary Celeste. Turn to the back to fill out the organizer.
How do plan on having the Mary Celeste disappear? This will be the idea that you baseyour story around.//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////How will you engage your reader with a strong topic sentence?////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////What will happen at the beginning of your story? What situation will the Mary Celestefind itself in before the crew disappears?////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////What will happen in the middle of the story? What will the crew do or have happen tothem the leads them to disappear?////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////How will your story end? How does the crew disappear, but the ship remain on the sea?////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////