Shades of Word Meanings Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: L.3.5.C

Core Standard

There are many words in the English language that at their core level mean the same exact thing, but just to a slightly different extreme. If your friend asked how dinner was and you replied with the word "bad". Your friend probably would avoid that dinner. If you used the term "horrible", your friend might go a bit out their way to stress to other people that this dinner should be avoided at all costs. These subtle, but highly effective shifts in the use of adjectives can completely change how something is viewed or valued. A minor shade in a word can change how a message is received and understood. These worksheets will help students through with these subtle differences and work towards understanding the way that words roll off of the tongue.









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