Activity Overview

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.

Examples of Vocabulary from Other Words for Home

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

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from Other Words for Home.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify the vocabulary terms you have chosen.
  3. In the description boxes, write the definition or description of the term.
  4. Create an illustration for each term using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Requirements: Must have 3 vocabulary terms, correct definitions or descriptions, and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
  • [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
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.


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