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Activity Overview


The Crossover introduces new terms in a creative way. The author uses the word, then explains it on the following page. He gives examples of how the word is used, starting with the words “as in”. For this activity, students will choose one of the words that Alexander defines, and give examples of its usage in a spider map. The teacher may decide if students make up their own examples, or use the examples from the book.

Students will preview the terms and definitions and use whole class or small group discussion to demonstrate their understanding of each meaning. This can be done at the beginning of each chapter so that students can preview what they will read or teachers could decide to do at the end of a chapter as an assessment. 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 The Crossover

  • Crossover (page 29)
  • Calamity (page 39)
  • Patellar Tendinitis (page 48)
  • Pulchritudinous (page 55)
  • Hypertension (page 76)
  • Ironic (page 104)
  • Tipping Point (page 118)
  • Churlish (page 142)
  • Profusely (page 154)
  • Estranged (page 187)
  • Myocardial Infarction (page 201)
  • Starless (page 229)


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a 3-4 cell spider map that illustrates and defines new vocabulary in The Crossover.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title box, identify the term you have chosen and its meaning.
  3. In the description boxes, write an example of how you’d use the word in a sentence, starting with the words “as in”.
  4. Create an illustration for each example using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 5-6

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/RL/5/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

Rubric

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Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any three vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Word 1 - Sentence
Vocabulary word is used correctly in the example sentence in both meaning and context.
The meaning of the sentence can be understood, but the vocabulary word is used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
The vocabulary word is not used correctly in the example sentence.
Word 1 - Visualization
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.
Word 2 - Sentence
Vocabulary word is used correctly in the example sentence in both meaning and context.
The meaning of the sentence can be understood, but the vocabulary word is used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
The vocabulary word is not used correctly in the example sentence.
Word 2 - Visualization
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.
Word 3 - Sentence
Vocabulary word is used correctly in the example sentence in both meaning and context.
The meaning of the sentence can be understood, but the vocabulary word is used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
The vocabulary word is not used correctly in the example sentence.
Word 3 - Visualization
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.


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