When words have similar definitions, even though they are very different words, they can give the reader a feeling of a different mood or emotional level. We refer to this as a different shade of meaning. For example you could say, "I am happy that it is my birthday today." If we wanted to Jack up the sentence, we could replace "happy" with "delighted" and the emotional state of the reader was completely changed. These worksheets build on this concept and have students work on bolstering your messages.
Shades of meaning is a phrase that is applied to describe the subtle differences that are found in the meanings of similar words and phrases.
A solid example of this are the words child and youth. Both delineate a certain age bracket and refer to youngsters. However, both terms carry vastly different views and notions when it comes to young people.
Basically, assigning a different shade to a group of words with similar meaning helps children learn the nuances of the English language. To further illustrate our point, we will look at the terms angry, incensed and livid.
If we categorize them according to their intensity and then assign a darker shade to each in ascending order, this exercise will help us in comprehending the subtle, but mandatory distinction between these words.
First, we will classify the words. Mad is a shade lighter than incensed, which shows a greater level of anger. Livid is a more heightened level of being furious, which is why it will be a shade darker. Therefore, now that we understand that these words will be in the order of mad, incensed and livid, we can assign each a darker shade.
Then, if we make an attempt to instruct children to associate words with their respective intensity, they will be able to grasp the subtle and minutiae of these words. Teachers can develop exercises by making worksheets and then letting their students attempt these exercises. This will undoubtedly improve their language skills and know how.
Likewise, we can have a look at the words happy, excited and thrilled. Each one is attributed a darker shade in this particular order because they show a greater sense of excitement.