A word sort activity that can be used to teach Common Core ELA Standard 4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Includes 25 tone words (10 positive, 10 negative, and 5 neutral) and student directions.
Students sort the tone words into 3 categories: Positive, Negative, and Neutral This helps students identify the connotation of the word.
Students rank the positive and negative words based on how strong or mild they are. This helps students identify the degree of a word.
This resource can be used with middle schoolers who are being introduced to tone for the first time, struggling high school students, or advanced upper-elementary students.
See also the Tone Word Wall, Tone Word Activities, Tone Bank Worksheet, and Poetry Pass.