SHADES OF MEANING:
Illustrated Shades of Meaning templates get kids excited about using precise language in their own writings and help them pay attention to how the pros use words to stir readers’ emotions.
***Differentiated for three proficiency levels
This product is also included in the Banish Boring Writing Bundle
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There are differentiated exercises in this product which include:
24 Illustrated templates with word lists (beginner)
24 Illustrated templates with word prompts (intermediate)
24 Illustrated templates without cues (advanced)
24 Sets of concentration game cards (end-of-unit review)
24 Additional illustrated templates for centers
2 All-purpose templates
HOW TO USE SHADES OF MEANING TEMPLATES
Step 1: Give students a template containing a set of nine words which include various shades of meanings (e.g. beg – implore – mooch – urge – ask – plead – petition – demand– request).
Step 2: Using a dictionary, each student works individually to select five words from the list and rank them from the lightest shade of meaning (Space 1) to the darkest shade of meaning (Space 5). After the all students have recorded their selections, individuals will meet with a group to discuss how they selected and ordered the words (e.g.1.ask, 2.mooch, 3.beg, 4.implore, 5.demand). Note: The discussions about word meanings which result from this exercise are the most important part of this activity.
Step 3: Next, students work together in order come to an agreement about which words should be used for this group activity and the best way to rank them.
Step 4: After an agreed-upon list is generated, each group member will be responsible for crafting a sentence for one or more of the newly-ranked words.
Step 5: Finally, each group will read or perform sentences created during this activity.
Level Two and Level Three Templates should be used to differentiate this assignment or as scaffolding exercises.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
Comprehension and Collaboration
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Knowledge of Language
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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