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 The Girl Who Drank The Moon. Teachers may provide students with a list of words to define, or have students identify the words they are unfamiliar with.

Example Vocabulary from The Girl Who Drank The Moon

admiration: (noun) respect, appreciation, veneration

belligerent: (adjective) aggressive, hostile, antagonistic

bellow: (verb) roar, shout, scream

bog: (noun) marsh, swamp, quagmire

bulbous: (adjective) swollen, bulging, bloated

caress: (verb) gently touch

contemplation: (noun) study, scrutiny, survey

compliant: (adjective) cooperative, accommodating

crinkly: (adjective) wrinkled, creased, crimped

eruption: (noun) explosion

fidget: (verb) twitch, wiggle, twist

treacherous: (adjective) disloyal, traitorous, backstabbing

inexplicable: (adjective) puzzling, unexplainable, incomprehensible

inscribed: (adjective) written, engraved, carved

lunatic: (adjective) mad, insane

malevolence: (noun) malice, hatred, hostility

noxious: (adjective) toxic, poisonous, deadly

precarious: (adjective) dangerous, risky, perilous

scoff: (verb) mock, ridicule, make fun of

tenacious: (adjective) firm, strong, unshakeable

undulated: (adjective) wavy

whimpering: (adjective) sobbing, moaning, whining

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from The Girl Who Drank The Moon.

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


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

Define and illustrate each of the key terms.
7 Points
4 Points
1 Points
The vocabulary words are correctly defined.
The meaning of the vocabulary words can be understood but it is somewhat unclear.
The vocabulary word is not clearly defined
The storyboard illustrations clearly depict the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The illustrations relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words but it they are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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