Exact Words for serious

Have students use a class dictionary to find the meanings of the synonyms for serious listed below. Ask them to write context sentences for the words. Have volunteers read their sentences aloud with expression and gestures, substituting serious for the synonym. See if other students can guess the word the writer intended.

Exact Words for serious
 somberdark and gloomy; melancholy
 sincere honest; genuine
 thoughtfulgiven to thinking quietly
 importantstrongly affecting things
 gravehighly important and serious; weighty
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