Activity Overview

When reading a memoir, there are often historically relevant words that students may not know, but will have to gain familiarity with in order to best understand the narrative. In The Boy on the Wooden Box, there are many vocabulary terms that pertain to the history of the Holocaust. In addition, the author includes some more difficult non-academic words to tell his story. For this activity, students will identify 3 terms and create a spider map defining and illustrating their meanings.

Examples of Vocabulary from The Boy on the Wooden Box

  • Night of Broken Glass
  • Heder
  • Fervent
  • Persecution
  • Avert
  • Bedraggled
  • Refugee
  • Impunity
  • Deportation
  • Nazi
  • Shabbat
  • Star of David
  • Inadequate
  • Concentration Camp
  • Gestapo
  • Looted
  • Ghetto
  • Evicted
  • Aryan
  • Confiscate

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that defines and illustrates vocabulary in The Boy on the Wooden Box 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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