This resource can be paired with any text or writing project, and is meant to help students improve their word choice and recognize the impact of good diction in writing. You could also use this organizer as part of a peer-editing unit, where students choose words directly out of their peer’s written work!
The idea behind this graphic organizer is to have students start with an original word, and then come up with words that are “paler,” or more boring synonyms as the background columns suggest, as well as more “saturated” or vibrant words.
You can put an original word anywhere on this continuum based on your needs. If you are studying how a particularly excellent author uses word choice, the students could start with those words in the far right (most vibrant) column, and then work their way left. Or, if you are working on helping students improve their own basic word choices, they can put their own words in the far left column (palest) and add four more interesting choices.
This resource includes the following:
Color graphic organizer
Grayscale graphic organizer
Graphic organizer example
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