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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.
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! This plan has learners use the Internet to find images, but consider bringing in magazines and images of your own.
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.
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. A link to the text and worksheet is included.
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. They create logos to illustrate the connotations of team names. Look for the rest of the three-lesson unit "Three Lessons for Effective Word Choice," of which this resource is a part.
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.
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. At 11 minutes long, the video might be best when broken into parts throughout a reading or writing lesson.
"Can the connotation of a word or phrase create bias or prejudice?" The activities in this SMART Board lesson 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. This activity would be a good way to begin a unit about prejudice, or to tie in a vocabulary lesson about word meanings.
"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.
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. Finally, large class groups revise the school lunch menu to have either positive or negative connotations.
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. An example uses the words skinny and slender to describe a female form. Which one has a positive 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. Which one has a negative connotation?
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.
Clarify connotation and denotation with a worksheet in which middle schoolers compare six pairs of similar words to distinguish positive from negative connotations. A second sheet provides fun practice with a vocabulary word bank of multi-syllabic adjectives; learners substitute the correct word for the word bamboozled in 14 sample sentences. Addresses the Craft and Structure anchor standard of the Common Core.
The 2010 immigration bill passed in Arizona provides class members with an opportunity to examine various perspectives of the immigration debate by watching news videos, reading interview, editorials, and viewing images. Discussion questions, activities, and assessment strategies are included in the richly detailed plan.
First graders (first graders) use the inflectional ending -ed to create past tense verbs from present tense verbs. They change root words into longer words to denote past time. The assessment portion of the lesson plan invites students to write about a past event that they choose and an illustration may be included with the sentence.
Learners apply critical thinking skills as they analyze data about the temperature inside a gymnasium during a school assembly. The focus is on representing temperature as a function of time and interpreting input and output values within the context of the problem. Students work through a series of four exercises designed to develop the concept of the average rate of change over time. The resource is appropriate for either instruction or assessment.
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?"; "Which is more polite?"; or "Which would you rather be called?"