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Activity Overview

Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary that students will see in their readings or presentations aids in overall comprehension and retention. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary related to Wringer by Jerry Spinelli. 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. When students define and illustrate each term, they master the application of it and retain it as part of their lexicon.

Examples of Vocabulary from Wringer

  • bayonet: The knife at the end of a rifle meant for stabbing or killing in the event of hand-to-hand combat.
  • befuddle: be confusing or perplexing to
  • beeline: the most direct route
  • bellow: shout loudly and without restraint
  • bewilder: be a mystery to
  • carcass: the dead body of an animal
  • checkered: patterned with alternating squares of color
  • coveted: greatly desired
  • cranny: a small opening or crevice
  • cringe: draw back, as with fear, pain, or embarrassment
  • crow: brag openly or dwell on with satisfaction
  • deuce: two
  • flotsam: the floating wreckage of a ship
  • frayed: worn away or tattered along the edges
  • frolic: play boisterously
  • fusillade: rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
  • gangly: tall, thin, and awkward
  • gape: look with amazement
  • inscription: letters engraved or carved on something
  • jabber: talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
  • lob: propel in a high arc
  • mantel: a shelf that projects from the wall above fireplace
  • marksman: someone skilled in shooting
  • nip: give a small sharp bite to
  • perch: sit, as on a branch
  • roost: sit, rest, or settle, as on a branch or perch
  • silhouette: an outline of a solid object as cast by its shadow
  • snooty: overly conceited or arrogant
  • stupendous: so great in size, force, or extent as to elicit awe
  • squall: make high-pitched, whiney noises
  • throttle: kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air
  • wring: twist and press out of shape

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from the book.

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

Common Core Standards
  • [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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