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:) I'd love it if others could to help add to this reference resource! Feel free to either list the words you want to work on or use the synonyms booklet (attachment in this thread) and list the group of words you'll rank so that we don't overlap.
As I said previously, I'm doing this so I have a ready reference. Going through this process helps me to see that some synonym groups are more difficult to rank. For me, words such as "also" or "but" don't seem to have those degrees of intensity so they may not need to be ranked. Others of you might see greater distinctions. I'm finding there aren't necessarily right/wrong rankings for all the words. Some will be more readily defined, such as for the word 'happy' or ' walk'.
Our students, ultimately, will be deciding on the synonyms to include in a given group and ranking them (making vocabulary timelines) according to how their group discusses and makes the decisions. (See posts on this thread by KP/NH and LindaR.)
ABOUT-almost, close to, about, nearly, approximately, approaching
ALSO- too, also, as well as, in addition to, besides, moreover
AMAZING-remarkable, amazing, overwhelming, astonishing, stunning, dazzling, startling, unexpected
AWESOME-outstanding, impressive, fabulous, astonishing, stupendous
AWFUL-terrible, awful, dreadful, frightful, alarming, shocking, horrid
BAD-unfavorable, inadequate, poor, unsatisfactory, defective, harmful, bad, disagreeable, wicked, naughty, offensive, corrupt, repulsive
BEAUTIFUL-cute, pretty, appealing, attractive, handsome, alluring, stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, exquisite
BEGIN- start, begin, commence, initiate, originate, introduce, found, launch
BIG- big, large, huge, giant, enormous, extensive, immense, massive
BORING-commonplace, tiresome, tedious, boring, monotonous
BUT-yet, still, though, although, on the other hand, however, moreover, regardless, nevertheless
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