Activity Overview

When studying a period of history, it's important for students to have a solid understanding of basic terminology that will be used in the unit. This allows them to be able to better understand the events and have the vocabulary needed to have discussions in class. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates at least four major terms used in discussing the Tinker vs. Des Moines case. Teachers may pre-select terms they would like students to study, or they can use from the suggested list below.

Tinker v. Des Moines Vocabulary

  • Symbolic Speech
  • Protest/Petition
  • Public School
  • Vietnam War
  • Infringe
  • 1st Amendment
  • Silent Protest
  • Inflammatory Speech
  • Educational Environment
  • Free Speech
  • Majority Opinion
  • Dissenting Opinion

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a visual vocabulary board that defines and illustrates vocabulary for the Tinker vs. Des Moines case.

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 a visualization for each term using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Requirements: Must have 4 terms, correct definitions, and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.

Lesson Plan Reference


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Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
The definition is correct.
The definition is partially correct.
The definition is incorrect.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The storyboard cells relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words, but are difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.

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