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 Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata.
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.
Chicken Sexer: A chicken sexer distinguishes the sex of chicks and other hatchlings. Chicken sexing is practiced mostly by large commercial hatcheries to separate female chicks or "pullets" from the males or "cockerels".
hatsu-yume: "Hatsu-Yume” is Japanese for the first prophetic dream in the new year.
kira-kira: shiny, glittering, sparkling.
Labor Union: an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests.
onigri: rice balls in Japanese.
Sode Boshi: the “kimono sleeve in the sky” is the constellation also called Orion.
Thug: a term for a violent person that intimidates others. In the story, the owners of the poultry plant hire thugs to intimidate workers into not organizing a union.
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Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary terms or allusions from Kira-Kira.
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: Literary AllusionsCommon Core Standards
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