Activity Overview

Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary that students will see in their readings or presentations aids in overall comprehension and retention. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary related to the study of Christianity. They will create a spider map of 3-5 terms at the teacher's discretion. Each cell will contain a term, the definition, and an illustration that depicts the meaning. When students define and illustrate each term, they master the application of it and retain it as part of their lexicon.

Vocabulary for Christianity

annunciation: The Annunciation marks the day the Archangel Gabriel visited Mary and told her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is considered a "feast day" and celebrated on March 25th each year.

baptize: a ritual by which a person is welcomed into a religion. In the Christian church baptism involves being dipped in water or sprinkled with water as a part of the ceremony of being received into the Christian church.

crucifixion: a slow and painful method of execution used by the Romans where a person was nailed to a large wooden cross and left to die.

convent: a religious community for women known as nuns who have devoted their lives to God and focus on prayer and scripture

creed: a statement of beliefs

Crusades: a series of religious wars initiated by the Christian Church in medieval times with the goal of conquering land. Between 1095 and 1291, they were intended to conquer Jerusalem and its surrounding area from Islamic rule

denominations: Different religious sects that are recognized as autonomous branches of the church.

disciple: a person who follows and helps spread the religious teachings of another

eucharist: Eucharist comes from the Greek word for "thanksgiving" and it represents the events of the Last Supper, the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples before his crucifixion. At the Last Supper, Jesus gave a special meaning to the bread and the wine, which is remembered at the Eucharist. It is given during Church services and also called Holy Communion.

gospel: an account of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Trinity: God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit: the Spirit of God in us

Hosanna: Hebrew for "save us now" a word used to praise Jesus

Heaven: the perfect place where God and His angels live. The place where we will go when we die if Jesus is our Lord

Hell: a place of punishment

leper: a person who is suffering from leprosy, which is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores, and nerve damage.

martyr: a person who dies for their beliefs, often their religious beliefs.

Messiah: a savior that many Jews believed had been promised by God. The Greek word for Messiah is Christ.

Miracle: an amazing act of God that goes against the laws of nature something God does that cannot be explained

missionary: someone who tries to spread the message of religious teachings and persuade others to believe as they do.

monastery: a secluded community where men called monks devote themselves to God and focus on prayer and scripture

New Testament: Scriptures written between around 50-150 CE by disciples, or followers of Jesus Christ. They include 27 different books, the first four of which are called the Gospels. These Gospels describe the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Nicene Creed: The Nicene Creed is a Christian statement of belief widely used in worship services. It states that Jesus was both human and divine

Old Testament: Christians include the Hebrew Bible in the Old Testament.

parable: a simple story that explains a moral or religious lesson

Pentecost: the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. It occurred on the seventh Sunday or the 50th day after Easter (Jesus' ascension into heaven).

Priest: an ordained minister of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican Church having the authority to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments.

prefect: a high government official in ancient Rome

prophet: a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.

Redeemer: a person who sets someone free from a bad situation. Refers to Jesus Christ.

repent: being sorry for one’s sin

resurrection: coming back to life, rising from the dead

rosary: The Holy Rosary refers to a set of prayers and to the special string of knots or beads used to count the prayers used by Christians, typically Catholics, Anglicans, and Lutherans. The rosary is meant to be held and prayed with to focus on the events of Jesus's life and his teachings.

sacraments: sacred rites of the Christian church, sacraments can also be thought of as blessings that are received during an important ceremony and are sometimes referred to as 'rites of passage'. Catholic Christians acknowledge seven sacraments: baptism, reconciliation, the Eucharist, confirmation, the anointing of the sick, holy orders, and marriage.

saint: an especially holy person who, in Christianity, is regarded as being in heaven after death.

salvation: being saved from sin

Savior: One who saves us. Refers to Jesus Christ

scripture: God’s Word, the Bible

tithe: one tenth of one's annual earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy

Tomb: a place where a dead person is laid

worship: to praise, honor and glorify God

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that illustrates and defines key vocabulary relating to Christianity.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify the key terms you have chosen.
  3. In the description boxes, write the definition of the term.
  4. Create an illustration for each term using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Requirements: Must have 3 terms, correct definitions and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/3] Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/4] Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9-10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/6] Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Define and illustrate each of the key terms.
7 Points
4 Points
1 Points
The vocabulary words are correctly defined.
The meaning of the vocabulary words can be understood but it is somewhat unclear.
The vocabulary word is not clearly defined
The storyboard illustrations clearly depict the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The illustrations relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words but it they are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

How To Use Visual Elements to Explain Complex Terms in Christianity


Contextualize and Introduce

Give a quick introduction to all the challenging aspects of Christianity that need to be discussed in the class. Teachers can also take feedback from the students and include their confusion in the lecture plans as well. Provide context to all the terms and aspects to be discussed by giving basic introductions and brief historical significance.


Utilize Informational Graphics and Diagrams

To communicate ideas graphically, create your own infographics or use ones that have already been created. Consider using a flowchart to depict the salvation process or a graphic to depict the Trinity. Teachers can also ask the students to make these diagrams according to their own understanding or show some sample infographics to get the students started.


Make use of Timelines and Maps

Show students timelines or maps that depict the places of biblical events to help them grasp their historical context. For complex vocabulary terms, teachers can also place them on the map to depict their usage, origin, and significance to encourage a deeper understanding.


Show Videos and Pictures

Help the students develop a deeper understanding with the help of informative animated videos and pictures that depict the complex vocabulary terms associated with the religion. Students will also be more engaged and learn in a more effective way because of these animations.


Reinforce and Assess

For all the complex terms that have been discussed in class, teachers can make a pop quiz where students have to write down the word and its meaning by looking at some pictures. This will help the teachers assess the understanding of students and also test some other aspects of their comprehension.

Frequently Asked Questions About Christianity Vocabulary

What is the meaning of the term Trinity in Christianity?

The Christians belief that God is three distinct individuals in one essence—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—is known as the Trinity. Literally, Trinity means three of ‘The Trippleness” but it encapsulates the Christians's beliefs about affirmations of God.

What is Salvation and its significance for Christians?

The Christian doctrine of salvation holds that people are delivered from sin and given eternal life with God when they place their faith in Jesus Christ. It is also related to the concept of Jesus sacrificing for the sins of humanity so his followers reach salvation.

What is resurrection?

The event where Jesus was resurrected from the dead after being crucified and buried is known as the Resurrection. It is essential to the Christian faith and represents the triumph of life over death.

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