I enjoy the review session I am having with my Big Bunso just now. The topic is about the shades of meaning of adjectives.
We all know that an adjective describes nouns and pronouns. There are a number of adjectives that have similar meaning, though differ in intensity. Each describing words has its own special meaning.
To easily explain the topic to my fourth grader, we make our own Shades of Meaning of Adjectives Chart. Just like the different shades of color, the chart shows how similar adjectives differ in terms of intensity.
The shifting shades illustrate that similar adjectives also vary in shades; that is in subtlety and intensity. The shades of meaning help a student – and even us grown-ups – to decide on an adjective that best suits the noun or pronoun used in the sentence.
Below are some examples we bring together and put in a chart.
The lightest shade represents the adjective with the most subtle meaning. The describing word in the darkest shade, on the other hand, has the most intense meaning.
Choosing among these adjectives is easy if one knows what fits perfectly in the situation. Big bunso and I try borrow the example from his Language book and we both agree that each adjective may create a totally different message for each.
As the book explains, when someone is scalded, it means that the person is injured because of very hot liquid. In that case, the use of the adjective warm does not fit the situation as hot milk is more harmful to the skin as compared to warm milk.
It’s indeed fun and refreshing to be reminded of — if not to learn– new things everyday. It has been my daily goal since the start of 2016 (and I pray to dear Lord for that determination) to always fill my head with new knowledge; and reading a book, keeping up with the news or watching youtube are some of the ways. Those learnings will be useless though if not practiced. So I better catch up with my son as we practice using each word in a sentence.
How about you, would you like to try some words in our chart?