This is a two-page vocabulary activity to accompany the short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The activity is slightly differentiated - students might find #2 more challenging than activity #1. Both activities could be used as group work, homework, and are a great complement to the short story. I referred to the Gutenberg.org version - when I printed it out it came to 22 pages and there are excerpts from each of the 11 sections for a total of 15 for each activity. This activity is a good way to encourage students to examine how words can shade or change meaning - and why the more complex our language, the more accurately we can express ourselves.
In the first activity (1), students must supply synonyms or phrases with similar meanings to match the list of 15 from the short story. They will need to consult the short story to ensure they are supplying a synonym with the same meaning.
The second activity is “flipped” in that the second list of 15 words do not appear in the story and now must be matched to synonyms or similar phrases that the students will find in the story. In other words, students must read the section of the story indicated to find the match.
To simplify, the first activity supplies a list of words from the short story. In the second, the students must find the 15 words or phrases in the short story.
In my store I also have a biographical product about F. Scott Fitzgerald with short warm-up texts and accompanying questions: 4 Days with F. Scott Fitzgerald