Our Shades of Meaning in Words lesson plan introduces students to the concept of multiple words having very similar meanings. This lesson improves their writing skills by encouraging them to think about their word choices in writing more carefully. Students are asked to list words in word families from weakest to strongest in order to demonstrate their understanding of this concept.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to distinguish shades of meaning in closely related words through the use of a semantic gradient (referred to as ranking chart and comparative scale).
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.5.B