This activity involves 20 vocabulary words in the context of US soldier writing home about his time in Afghanistan. The words come from a list of 240 words I created by cross referencing vocabulary which occurs most frequently on all 3 tests. This material includes an activity to write your own definition, a multiple choice activity (which can be used in addition to or instead of the first activity), and discussion questions using the words.
Reading level of the story: 8th grade
Vocabulary level: 9-12th grade
Please note that the story doesn't have any tragic or political overtones. It's simply an account of a soldier's day-to-day actions.