Teaching vocabulary is an important part of any lesson. The vocabulary materials for the novel Refugee, by Alan Gratz, help you seamlessly incorporate vocabulary into your lessons.The Student Dictionary is a great way to help students learn, acquire, and use as many words as they can. The vocabulary resources will assist students in building their dictionary and engage them in a variety of ways to maximize their vocabulary’s expansion. Below is an outline of the resources included to help teach challenging vocabulary in Refugee and build your students’ vocabulary knowledge. If you're looking for a comprehensive unit and suite of materials for Refugee that INCLUDES this resource, check out Refugee by Alan Gratz Unit: Comprehensive Suite of Materials
This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resources include links for students to complete any work assigned, such as in-class tasks and quizzes, online via Google Slides and Google Forms. For instance, students can work with the documents in Google Drive or via Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their assignments and quizzes online. All they will have to do for the student pages is either create a text box or fill out a form! There are links for every student page and quiz, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees. (NOTE: Not all assignments may be conducive to digital completion; however the pages are still provided in the digital format.)
Chapter-by-Chapter Vocabulary Pages: For each chapter, challenging vocabulary words have already been identified and listed on the chapter’s vocabulary page. For each word, students write its definition, identify the part of speech, write synonyms and antonyms, and fill in the blank for two sentences using the word in context. Students can complete these tasks using the condensed or expanded format. The condensed format is more tree-friendly with more words per-page. The expanded format has fewer words per-page but leaves space for students to create a semantic map and a logic diagram to aid their memory. Regardless of the format you use (both are included), each chapter has one vocab word – a total of 53 words for the novel.
Vocabulary Pages Answer Key: The answer key provides the definition, location of the word in Refugee, part of speech, synonyms, and antonyms for all vocabulary words. The semantic map does not apply since students fill out the section based on individual interpretation.
Vocabulary Crossword Puzzles: Two crossword puzzles test students’ knowledge of the vocabulary words. The puzzle prompts include definitions, synonyms, antonyms, or fill-in-the-blank to challenge students to apply their knowledge of definitions in different formats. The first puzzle is based on chapters 1-26 vocabulary, and the second puzzle is based on chapters 27-53. Puzzle answer keys are provided.
Vocabulary Quizzes: The first vocabulary tests students’ knowledge on the words from chapters 1-26. The second quiz tests words from chapters 27-53. Both quizzes are matching and students have to correctly identify the right definition, synonym, antonym, or correct usage in a sentence. An answer is key provided.
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