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 Covid-19 pandemic.

Students will preview the terms and definitions and use whole class or small group discussion to demonstrate their understanding of each meaning. When students define and illustrate each term, they master the application of it and retain it as part of their lexicon.

Suggested Vocabulary for Covid 19

Coronavirus: Coronavirus is an entire family of viruses, four of which are similar in symptoms and severity to the common cold. The name coronavirus stems from the crown-like spikes, or coronas, that appear on the viruses under a microscope. The more deadly forms of coronavirus include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The term novel coronavirus refers to a new strand of coronavirus that hasn't been seen before, in this case the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

SARS-CoV-2: Discovered in December 2019, the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 can lead to the disease now known as COVID-19. You can have SARS-CoV-2 without developing any symptoms. Scientists believe SARS-CoV-2 started in animals and spread to humans.

COVID-19: COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. You can have SARS-CoV-2 without developing COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 range from cough, fever, and shortness of breath to diarrhea. In more serious cases, COVID-19 can lead to clotting in the lungs, multi-organ failure, and death.

Viral tests: Viral tests rely on samples from your respiratory system (such as swabs of the inside of the nose) to determine whether you have a current infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Antibody tests: Antibody tests detect whether you have had a previous infection with the virus. Because these tests detect the proteins our bodies made to help fight off infections, they can't be used to diagnose someone with an active COVID-19 infection.

Physical distancing: Physical distancing means maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet between you and other people. So, if you cough or sneeze, it is less likely your secretions will reach the people around you.

Quarantine: Quarantine is a more aggressive prevention strategy that is used in the event of exposure. If you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you should quarantine for 14 days.

Isolation: Isolation is the most serious form of protecting others around you. If you have a confirmed or suspected case of novel coronavirus, you should remain separated from people who are not sick—even those who live with you. This means you stay at home in a room that's separated from the rest of your family and monitor your health for 10 to 14 days.

Vaccine: A substance used to protect humans and animals from a disease.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key terminology related to pandemics and Covid 19.

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.

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