Treasure Island


About the story

In the mid-eighteenth century, an old sea captain dies at the Admiral Benbow Inn in England. The innkeeper’s son, Jim Hawkins, discovers a treasure map among the man’s belongings, and shows the map to a trusted doctor and a squire. Together they procure the Hispanolia and set sail with an ominous crew, which they soon find out includes pirates! There’s enough mutiny, pirate talk, espionage, and swashbuckling to enthrall the most thrill-seeking reader. It will also inspire honesty and encourage bravery, for Treasure Island is a tale of Jim’s quest for a treasure: not just a shiny metal, but his mettle

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience Treasure Island with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your book-learnin’ mateys can dress up secret island maps, follow clues to find their own treasure, listen to seashells and sea shanties, eat ship’s rations, learn to tie sailors’ knots, decipher pirate lingo, write “fighting pirates” dialogue in script form (and act it out), and so much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

Have straight-from-the-story fun with The LitWits Kit for TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson - LITWITS The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshop on Treasure Island.  It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

Each guide includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows


This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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