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Shades of Meaning: Order Words by Intensity

Shades of Meaning: Order Words by Intensity

Figuring out shades of meaning can be intense! Some words have many synonyms, but often these related words will have subtle differences in their meaning. In order to choose the best words to use in any given context, it's important to understand the different shades of meaning, or levels of intensity, of different synonyms. Designed for seventh- and eighth-grade learners, this helpful vocabulary worksheet asks students to look at groups of words—such as bawl, whimper, and cry—and put them in order from least intense to most intense. This exercise will help students learn to choose the best words in order to express their ideas clearly and accurately.

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