Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary aids in overall comprehension and retention. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary found in the book A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Students will create a spider map of 3-5 terms at the teachers discretion. Each cell will contain a term or allusion, its definition or description, and an appropriate illustration.
barbed: having or covered with protective points, spines, or thorns.
The Berlin Wall: A wall built as a barrier to separate East and West Berlin. At first it was a barbed wire fence erected August 12-13, 1961. It was later built into a solid wall that was 12 feet high and 4 feet wide guarded by the "Grenzers".
capitalism: an economic system based on private ownership of assets.
censor: subject to deletion on political or moral grounds.
The Cold War: A long period of tension after World War II between the democratic governments of Western countries and the communist governments of Eastern countries with the two main "superpowers" the United States and the USSR (Russia) leading the conflict. In Germany, the East was controlled by the USSR and the West by the United States, Great Britain, and France.
collective: done by or characteristic of individuals acting together.
communism: a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed. It is a theory advocating elimination of private property and a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the U.S.S.R.
drab: lacking brightness or color; dull.
fascist: an adherent of right-wing authoritarian views.
fissure: a long, narrow opening.
Grenzers: Grenztruppen, nicknamed Grenzers, were the border police that stood guard along the Berlin Wall.
incite: provoke or stir up.
inconspicuous: not prominent or readily noticeable.
intercept: seize, interrupt, or stop something on its way.
oppressor: a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures.
pantomime: act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements.
penance: voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for something.
Stasi:The Stasi or the "Ministry for State Security", was the official state security service of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany, GDR). It was an intelligence and secret police agency that was extremely repressive to its citizens.
subversive: in opposition to an established system or government.
treason: a crime that undermines the offender's government.
uprising: organized opposition to authority.
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Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from A Night Divided.
Requirements: Must have 3 vocabulary terms, correct definitions or descriptions, and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary BoardsCommon Core Standards
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