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Connotation and Denotation: How Word Choice Affects a Paragraph
Review the terms denotation, connotation, diction, and mood in paragraph writing. After defining the terms, middle schoolers practice writing examples of both connotation and denotation. They complete a connotation and denotation graphic organizer and chart, and then they practice incorporating the elements using the paragraphs on the final worksheet.
7th - 8th Language Arts 104 Views 598 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
What's in a Name?
Introduce your language arts class to connotation, denotation, and diction. Middle schoolers identify and differentiate between the connotative and denotative meanings of words by analyzing the fictitious sports team names. Learners discuss team names and the mental images they convey.
6th - 8th Language Arts 34 Views 212 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Express Yourself Lesson Seed 2
Use Langston Hughes's poem, "Words Like Freedom," to explore the concepts of freedom and liberty. Learners read the poem, determine the theme, and use the provided graphic organizer to examine the connotative and denotative meanings of the words freedom and liberty.
6th Language Arts 16 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Shades of Meaning
Examine and distinguish between words that have similar definitions but different connotations. Middle schoolers define connotation and denotation and participate in a "shades of meaning" contest in small groups. Groups use the Visual Thesaurus to match words that have similar definitions but different connotations.
4th - 12th Language Arts 75 Views 505 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Collaborating about Denotation and Connotation
Analyze layers of meaning by exploring denotation and connotation. By examining a photograph of the famously controversial Marilyn Monroe, high schoolers interpret the connotative and denotative meanings of the given information. Then they choose images of their own to analyze!
10th - 12th Language Arts 41 Views 164 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Speak Write! Understanding the Hidden Meaning of Words
"Can the connotation of a word or phrase create bias or prejudice?" The activities in this SMART Board instructional activity are directed toward this question, which will be sure to incite lots of opinions and ideas. The SMART Board file guides them through two days of lessons about connotation, denotation, and their implications.
8th - 10th Language Arts 24 Views 94 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"Shooting an Elephant"
Study selected vocabulary terms in George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant." A chart includes five selections, and learners must record the connotative and denotative meaning for each. A great look at using the context to define vocabulary and develop word meaning.
9th - 11th Language Arts 20 Views 69 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Connotation: "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke
What's happening in this poem? Have your high schoolers participate in an activity about connotation and denotation. They apply the concept of connotation to a reading of Theodore Roethke's poem "My Papa's Waltz." Lead a discussion about author's intent focusing on diction, and have readers complete a worksheet as the class period progresses.
10th - 12th Language Arts 13 Views 83 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Denotations and Connotations: Word Overtones
Use a denotation and connotation worksheet to help middle schoolers refine their reading and writing skills. They review pairs of like terms, and then they choose the word with the more positive or negative connotation (as directed) to complete 14 sentences.
5th - 8th Language Arts 71 Views 431 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Denotation and Connotation
Middle schoolers review the definitions of connotation and denotation, and then choose words to complete eight sentences. They note whether each word has a positive, negative, or neutral connotation. For example, the first sentence encourages learners to use either left or abandoned.
6th - 8th Language Arts 59 Views 430 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Elements of Denotations and Connotations
Lead your class to explore, define, and explain denotations and connotations. Using Voyage™ 200 (a personal learning tool), each learner investigates and defines examples of denotation and connotation. After finding the definitions, the class discusses and compares their findings.
10th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 71 Downloads
It's All in the Way You Say It
High schoolers unearth multiple meanings based on connotation and cadence. After defining denotation, connotation, and cadence, readers evaluate similar words to compare connotations. They then play with how cadence affects meaning by varying emphasis when they utter seven example sentences.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 65 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"Timid, scared, terrified." High school scholars examine words, their denotations and connotations, in a series of exercises that use lines from Shakespeare to explore figurative language and word relationships. Participants then demonstrate their understanding of these principles as they respond to questions on two poems by Robert Frost.
11th - 12th Language Arts 27 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Designed
You Bleed, You Learn?
Jump back into the 90s with Alannis Morissette's song "You Learn." After hearing the song, small groups analyze the lyrics and write an essay about a mistake they've learned from. Use the example sentences to identify the denotative and connotative meanings, and then create an inference for each example.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 38 Downloads
An Introduction to Of Mice and Men
By collaborating on producing a product ad and slogan, learning partners demonstrate their understanding of the difference between connotative and denotative language. This week-long activity is designed to be used as an introduction to the connotative words Steinbeck uses to describe his characters in Of Mice and Men.
9th Language Arts 11 Views 46 Downloads
Reading Cuisine: Connotation
Define denotation and connotation for your class and read "Chocolate Cake" from Fatherhood by Bill Cosby (or look online for an audio clip). Class discussion about diction inspires playful rewriting of the text. Learners sort words with negative and positive connotations.
6th - 8th Language Arts 22 Views 67 Downloads
Determine the Meaning of Words by Comparing Denotative and Connotative Meanings
Use an informative video about denotative and connotative meanings in your lesson about word choice and figurative language. The video focuses on the informational text "Girl Power" and shows sixth graders how to use word meanings to determine the author's purpose and tone.
11 mins 5th - 7th Language Arts 27 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Connotation and Denotation:
Eighth graders investigate the effect that connotations can have on writing. They are shown examples to build background knowledge before attempting the exercise. They finish by writing a paragraph to practice what they have learned.
8th Language Arts 21 Views 131 Downloads
Connotation, Denotation, Explanation
Middle schoolers use this connotation and denotation worksheet to develop vocabulary skills. They take notes on the terms, study examples, and choose from pairs of words to find the more positive or negative word choice, as directed. They also select words in sample sentences that answer questions like: "Which is worth more?
5th - 7th Language Arts 32 Views 284 Downloads
Denotation and Connotation
Learners apply their knowledge of denotation and connotation as they respond to 10 fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice questions. They choose from a bank of five words to complete a paragraph using context clues to make the correct choice.
5th - 7th Language Arts 28 Views 203 Downloads