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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 Where the Red Fern Grows. Students will create a spider map of 3-5 terms at the teachers discretion. Each cell will contain a word, its definition or description, and an appropriate illustration.


Example Vocabulary from Where the Red Fern Grows

  • Astonished
  • Bawl
  • Baying
  • Beserk
  • Breed
  • Cease
  • Deliberately
  • Disposition
  • Dumbfounded
  • Fared
  • Grit
  • Gunny Sack
  • Hillbilly
  • Impulsively
  • Muzzle
  • Predicament
  • Provisions
  • Scolding
  • Squall
  • Taut

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a spider map that illustrates and defines new vocabulary in Where the Red Fern Grows.

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.

Requirements: Must have 3 terms, correct definitions, and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Rubric

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Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Definition
The definition is correct.
The definition is partially correct.
The definition is incorrect.
Visualizations
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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