Activity Overview

This activity can be used throughout the reading of Common Sense, as it will require students to define a word that Paine uses that they may not be familiar with. In order for students to comprehend Paine's arguments, it is essential they understand the vocabulary he uses. Students will create a list of terms they are unfamiliar with as they read, and create a storyboard grid that will include the context of the term from the passage, a definition of the term, and a representation of what the term means or how it is used.

Extended Activity

For an extended activity, students should take each vocabulary term and create a modern-day representation of each term. Depending on teacher preference, the extended activity can reflect modern issues in society, or popular culture references.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard defining and illustrating new vocabulary and terminology from Common Sense.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the first column, identify the word and definition.
  3. In the second column, highlight the quote the word is used in.
  4. In the third column, visualize the term.
  5. Create an illustration for each cell using appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

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