I use this interactive notebook presentation, quiz and activity together as a complete lesson to teach or re-teach word relationships
, and connotations
The lesson's learning goals are..
• Know the definition of word relationships, synonyms, nuance, and connotations.
• Know that synonyms, nuance, and connotations belong to the category of word relationships.
• Sort synonyms based on their connotations.
In my classes, every student has an interactive notebook. When I show presentations like this one, I require them to copy the information on the slides into their notebooks. Slides that I want them to copy have a graphic of a pencil on them. When they see that pencil in the corner, they know that they have to copy the slide into their notebook (diagrams included). They know that I will grade their notebooks based on neatness and completeness.
The quiz has five questions taken directly from the presentation. I let my students use their notebooks when taking the quiz. I find that the threat of a quiz helps a lot in keeping students focused on the presentation. There's just something about that word "quiz" that gets their attention. :)
The activity gives students some fun practice working with word relationships. I have them do six to ten right after the presentation. Then I use the rest for 10 days leading up to Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. I use them as do nows. I make sure the slide is projected on the screen as they enter class. They know what to do from there. In the download, there's half page worksheets for the students to write their lists. Notebook paper or even scrap paper will do the trick, too. Or you can have them do it in their interactive notebooks.
This sorting activity gives the kids practice with the concepts of nuance
(small differences in the meaning of words), synonyms
. They like this activity because there's no right or wrong way to do it. The important thing is for students to just spend time thinking about the words and sorting them the way they think they should be.
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