One of the main barriers to a close reading of nonfiction texts is vocabulary. In this motivational lesson, students complete two high-interest activities to familiarize themselves with the more difficult words in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In one activity students will play a game to help them memorize the words and their definitions. In another, students will create a word web and use that web to predict the subject of Roosevelt’s speech.
The activity includes two instructional handouts, word tiles to play the vocabulary game, and a vocabulary quiz and key.
In this lesson students will cover the following Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards:
For Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level
For Writing: Range of Writing
10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
This activity is a component of our 79-page Four Freedoms Unit Plan
designed to address ELA Common Core Standards.
Armed With Words Vocabulary Activity
by Janet Mason
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Based on a work at www.uncommoned.com