This 2-page Word document is just what you need to work on upper level word choice in student writing. The document includes the worksheet and directions, as well as a sample I made for one of my own units. Students use the different sections of the image on the worksheet to take one word and extend it to explore degrees and connotative meanings of a word. Note that this product does not include a lesson plan, so consider reviewing the concept of how words have differing degrees and varying meanings when determining synonyms for a particular word with students. Often times my students use a thesaurus app on their phone or from the internet to discover these words. The final sections of the image are filled out by evaluating the varying words they discovered earlier in the activity. Students write and record evidence to support whether these words are "not exactly," "ok," "better," or "best." Have students fold the paper like the instructions say, and the cootie catcher game is actually playable. Typically, my students are assigned a character to select word choice to describe. We then write a claim paragraph about a character from the text, using their words and evidence to prove their claim true. Thanks for your interest! Be sure to visit www.ateacherintherye.com .