6th Grade - Shades Of Meaning

 
     
 
     
 
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6th
Vocabulary
Shades of meaning
Understand and explain andldquo;shades of meaningandrdquo; in related words (e.g., softly and quietly).
The ability to recognize similarities among words as well as subtle differences; i.e. words that are related in meaning, but not synonymous. The ability to recognize and generate stronger and weaker forms of the same word, e.g. whisper, speak, scream.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

Can a concept be expressed in more than one way?

(2)

What is a synonym?


(3)

List three words with similar meaning to “good.”


(4)

Can two words be similar, or related, in meaning without being synonyms? Give an example.


(5)

For the word “speak,” give one word that is less “powerful” and one word that is more “powerful."

Learning Tips

(1)

Write the word “run” on a paper. Ask your child to name other verbs expressing locomotion: write a few examples on the board (walk, crawl, sprint.) Give him or her 3 minutes to list as many related words as possible. Write the results on the paper: to the left of “run” for verbs that are “slower” and to the right for verbs that are “faster.” Explain the idea of “shades of meaning.”

(2)

Make a “thermometer” with adjectives ranging from very cold (“frigid, freezing”) to very hot (“steaming, scorching.”)

(3)

Make a “volume button” with adjectives ranging from very soft to very loud.

(4)

Discuss how some words can have similar meanings but different connotations, or emotional associations – for example, slim and bony.

(5)

Write positive and negative “shades of meaning” synonyms for the word “cheap.”

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Have your child rank 5 bands or TV shows from least favorite to favorite. Have him or her use adjectives to describe each one, according to their place on the list.

(2)

Read the Langston Hughes poem “Let America Be America Again,” discussing his use of shades of meaning (e.g. “connive, scheme.”)

(3)

Write a poem describing an object or idea using shades of meaning for similar ideas; that is, repeating ideas in various words.

(4)

Write a love song that gets progressively more romantic.

(5)

Share a favorite poem with your child and discuss its use of language. How would it be different if it did not use nuances or shades of meaning?

 

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