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1. To help other students who read Code Talker, create a glossary of Navajo words and their definitions as explained in the book. You may put your words in an alphabetical list or create a set of vocabulary flash cards to share with your classmates.
The Navajo words in Code Talker are defined as they occur in the story. Other students who read the novel could use the glossaries that the students create.
2. Using a map of the South Pacific, trace Ned's travels as a code talker, from Guadalcanal to Okinawa, and all the places he visited in between. Draw a small picture or symbol to show what happened at each of the locations that Ned visited.
This activity will help students review Ned's travels during the war and increase students' familiarity with the geography of the Pacific front of World War II.
3. Imagine that the character Ned Begay is a real person who will be visiting your school to talk about his experience as a code talker. Make a poster advertising Ned's visit that will encourage your classmates to come hear him speak.
This activity gives students the opportunity to summarize Ned Begay's story using text and pictures. Teachers can encourage students to highlight aspects of Ned's character and story that will most inspire their fellow classmates.