Bad Synonym Poster
Encourage your students to use words other than ‘bad’ in their writing.
Use this poster as stimulus for your students. Print it out in tabloid size or larger and display it in your classroom.
‘Bad’ synonyms include:
His work on his car was bad: not up to scratch, imperfect, faulty, not up to par, defective, unsatisfactory, deficient, second-rate, unacceptable, inadequate, inferior, second-class, poor, negligent, careless, amateurish, shoddy, substandard.
He is a bad person: black-hearted, indecorous, evil, corrupt, vulgar, coarse, indecent, amoral, crude, dissolute, morally wrong, foul, obscene, degenerate, immoral, offensive, rude, depraved, sinful, wicked.
He felt bad for what he did: apologetic, repentant, remorseful, ashamed, sorry, regretful, self-reproachful, contrite, guilt-ridden, penitent, shamefaced, full of regret, conscience-stricken, guilty.
The storm was bad: frightful, shocking, detrimental, destructive, hurtful, dangerous, damaging, harmful, undesirable, severe, ghastly, terrible, awful, dreadful, grievous, critical, grim, grave, acute, serious.
Use this poster in conjunction with the ‘Good’ Synonym Poster.
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Common Core State Standards alignment
Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Vocabulary Acquisition and Use > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.5 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.5.D
Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g., large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings.
Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Vocabulary Acquisition and Use > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.5 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.5.C
Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).
Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Vocabulary Acquisition and Use > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.5 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.5.C
Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).
Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Vocabulary Acquisition and Use > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.5 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.5.C
Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
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