You've never seen a vocabulary activity like this! It looks like a crossword puzzle to the students...but it's really a graphic organizer to make them think about the new vocabulary words, and not just blindly copy down words and definitions this time. You are a tricky one, teacher!
To introduce Civil War vocabulary, students will receive a crossword puzzle with clues but NO word bank. What?! Next, you'll put up a mysterious slide (PDF) with a color image and the first word box. "What is this picture showing us, students?" "How many letters do we need to come up with for this one?" Students will suggest some choices, but they won't know all these words: MUSTER, CONFEDERATE, UNIONIST, HOME FRONT, HOMESPUN, DESERTER, TACTICS, BLOCKADE, QUININE, SHORTAGE, CONSCRIPTION, VIGILANTE, EMANCIPATE. When they're exhausted their guesses, you pop up the next page of the PDF and the letters are filled in with the word and its part of speech appearing over the top of the image. The students have actually pondered the definition and the picture before every getting the word...and they'll REMEMBER the word! On the student handout, they'll write the word down below the clue, then again in the crossword puzzle itself, and finally in the word bank they're creating as they go. Thirteen words in this set—that's a baker's dozen!
Also included in this packages are TWO different quizzes over these words! One quiz is matching the word to the definition, and the other is matching the word to a contextual sentence. Both multiple choice with EASY-TO-GRADE answer keys included. Just read from the bottom up and you'll see a word that you can easily remember but students will never even know is there. You will LOVE this easy grading...and come back for more! (see my CAUSES of the CIVIL WAR VOCAB and ANALOGY package)
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