A semantic gradient (or word gradient) is a way to deepen students' understanding of related words. Students place words on a continuum and are forced to consider varying degrees of meaning.
Students take a set of related words and arrange them based on degrees of the qualifying factor. You can also use sets of antonyms and have them create a bridge from one antonym to the other (Sad & Happy). Students share the reasoning behind their choices. Can be used as an individual, partner or group activity.
*friend, pal, buddy, comrade, companion, mate
*look, peer, glance, stare, see, view
*yell, scream, shout, holler, bellow, shriek
*pretty, cute, charming, beautiful, adorable, lovely
*sad, depressed, melancholy, miserable, gloomy, dismal
*large, big, enormous, massive, huge, gigantic
*little, small, tiny, miniature, teeny, wee
*happy, cheerful, jolly, merry, joyful, content
*kind, nice, friendly, pleasant, delightful, amiable
*true, real, genuine, authentic, legit, actual
*walk, stroll, meander, lope, jog, prance
*angry, furious, upset, bothered, unhappy, irate
*tired, exhausted, sleepy, weary, drowsy, worn-out
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