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Activity Overview

On top of words that are unfamiliar to students, Once has many vocabulary terms that pertain specifically to the history of the Holocaust. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary for the story. They should be encouraged to select a variety of words, both historical and not, in order to help gain a better understanding of the story and its historical context.

Examples of Vocabulary from Once

  • Adolf Hitler
  • Armband
  • Aspirin
  • Curfew
  • Deserted
  • Frenzy
  • Disgruntled
  • Ghetto
  • Nazis
  • Pleading
  • Plummet
  • Riot
  • Vanished

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from Once to demonstrate your understanding.

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.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

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/RH/6-8/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8/7] Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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