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Activity Overview


Another great way to engage your students is by creating a storyboard that uses vocabulary from So You Want to Be President?.

In this activity, students demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words using sentences and corresponding images with a spider map. Students may be provided the vocabulary words, or they can use words that they have discovered through their reading of the text. The sentences and images validate the understanding of the word and the context that it was used in the novel.

Here is a list of a few vocabulary words commonly taught with the story:


vain

adj. having too much pride in your looks; ability, etc.

"Tall, short, fat, thin, talkative, quiet, vain, humble, lawyer, teacher or soldier - this is what most of our Presidents have tried to do, each in his own way."

constitution

n. a statement of the basic principles and laws of a nation, state, or group, such as the U.S. Constitution

"Though the Constitution says you'll have to wait until you're thirty-five, young, old, and in-between have become President."

oath

n. a solemn promise

"Every single president has taken this oath..."

Some other vocabulary words that can be used are: howling, humble, politics, responsibility, solemnly, execute, priority, capital, capitol, and clerks.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/2/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/3/4] Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words in So You Want to Be President? by creating visualizations.


  1. Choose three vocabulary words from the story and type them in the title boxes.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the vocabulary word.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.



Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any three vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Word 1 - Sentence
Vocabulary word is used correctly in the example sentence in both meaning and context.
The meaning of the sentence can be understood, but the vocabulary word is used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
The vocabulary word is not used correctly in the example sentence.
Word 1 - Visualization
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.
Word 2 - Sentence
Vocabulary word is used correctly in the example sentence in both meaning and context.
The meaning of the sentence can be understood, but the vocabulary word is used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
The vocabulary word is not used correctly in the example sentence.
Word 2 - Visualization
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.
Word 3 - Sentence
Vocabulary word is used correctly in the example sentence in both meaning and context.
The meaning of the sentence can be understood, but the vocabulary word is used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
The vocabulary word is not used correctly in the example sentence.
Word 3 - Visualization
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.




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