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 Three Times Lucky. Students will create a spider map of 3-5 terms at the teachers discretion. Each cell will contain a term, its definition, and an appropriate illustration.

Examples of Vocabulary from Three Times Lucky

abductions: the action or an instance of forcibly taking someone away against their will; kidnapping/

au revoir: "goodbye" in French.

benevolently: well meaning and kindly.

bonjour: "hello" in French

cantankerous: bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative.

cordial: warm and friendly.

du jour: French for "of the day" such as "Soup du Jour" means "The Soup of the Day."

eulogy: a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, typically someone who has just died.

forgeries: the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art.

homicide: homicide is when one human being causes the death of another.

ludicrous: so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing; ridiculous.

merci: "Thank you" in French.

ominous: giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.

parched: dried out with heat.

skedaddled: departed quickly or hurriedly; ran away.

surveillance: close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.

trellis: a framework of light wooden or metal bars, chiefly used as a support for fruit trees or climbing plants.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from Three Times Lucky.

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.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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


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