Antonyms




Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings.

Word study with antonyms begins as early as kindergarten when students identify words with opposite meanings (up/down, in/out), and word study using antonyms continues as students’ vocabularies increase. Antonyms are often taught with synonyms, and both are typically used in tests and language drills.

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Common Core State Standards Related to Antonyms

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5.b
Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).

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).

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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K-2 Antonyms: right, boring, fat, left, nice, down, fun, mean, slim, up

3-5 Antonyms: quiet, loud, notice, question, ignore, calm, answer, find, lose, upset

6-8 Antonyms: rough, special, ordinary, excessive, diverge, selfish, generous, converge, moderate, smooth

9-12 Antonyms: omnipotent, rancid, fresh, complicated, powerless, plentiful, straightforward, meager, fantastic, common

Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.

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