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 Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. Teachers can have students define 3-5 words of their choice per chapter or provide a list of words they may be unfamiliar with before beginning the novel or chapter.
Habibti: Arabic for "sweetheart"
Marhaba: Arabic for "hello"
Muezzin: A man who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque. In the context of the book, Jude is referring to the speaker whose voice she hears outside her window early in the morning.
revolution: the overthrow of a government by those who are governed
treasonous: constituting or having the characteristic of betrayal
stability: a constant order, especially of society
subtitle: translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program
transcend: go beyond the scope or limits of
hummus: a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas
mosque: a Muslim place of worship that usually has a minaret
falafel: fried croquette of mashed chickpeas and spices
hijab: a headscarf worn by Muslim women
audacity: aggressive or outright boldness
feign: give a false appearance of
trudge: walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
impulse: an instinctive motive
downplay: understate the importance or quality of
icebreaker: an initial activity to relax a tense or formal atmosphere
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Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from Other Words for Home.
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: Visual Vocabulary BoardsCommon Core Standards
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