At the back of White Bird, author R.J. Palacio includes many different terms, people, places, and events related to the Holocaust that helped inspire the story. Previewing these can help students better understand the story and learn about the time period.
Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary terms and allusions aids in overall comprehension and retention. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key terms and allusions related to White Bird. Since they can overlap, teachers may want to use this template specifically for vocabulary, or just for allusions, as this example displays.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that illustrates your understanding of key terms and allusions (people, places, events) in the story White Bird.
Requirements: Must have 3 terms, correct definitions or descriptions, and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Literary AllusionsCommon Core Standards