Put some variety in vocabulary lessons with these puzzles and a graphic organizer that even the Sleer would find engaging.
The full download contains:
1) A vocabulary "word map" with graphics specifically matched to elements of The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman;
2) Instructions and an example for the word map exercise;
3) Three vocabulary puzzles (two using words from chapter 1 and one using words from chapter 4). When solved, the vocabulary puzzles highlight key passages from the book that provide information about theme, a character and the setting of the novel; and
4) Answer keys and follow-up discussion questions for the puzzles.
A word map is a graphic organizer that encourages students to explore new vocabulary words from a variety of angles. Student retention of each new vocabulary word is strengthened by understanding word relationships (synonyms, antonyms, etc.), looking at the word in the context of the reading, visualizing the word or an image inspired by the word and, finally, by using the word in a new sentence. The word map can be used with any vocabulary word chosen by the teacher or students, and students will enjoy the graphics that match images from TGB.
The three word puzzles are somewhat similar in style to NY Times acrostic puzzles (but simpler and without an acrostic solution). They reinforce the habit of going back to the text to find evidence. Each provides one more exposure to, and consideration of, a vocabulary word. The first puzzle uses 9 words from chapter 1, the second uses 15 words from chapter 1 and the third uses 14 words from chapter 4. I have found that students look forward to these puzzles as a reward at the end of class, and that they are ideal for pairs of students working together.
Teachers will appreciate that the puzzles are virtually self-correcting: If a student plugs in the wrong vocabulary word, the solution won't make sense, requiring the student to go back and look for a different word on that page of the book. Very little, if any, correcting is necessary!
Answer keys are included so the teacher can easily drop hints to help students who are stumped. ("That word starts with a letter 'P'....")
This lesson is suitable for grades 6-10.
by Sara Hathaway
Connecting to Myth and History: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman by Sara Hathaway is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License