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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...
7th - 8th 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...
10th - 12th 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 lesson are directed toward this question, which will be sure to incite lots of opinions and ideas. The SMART Board file guides them...
8th - 10th 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...
10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Vocabulary (Part 3) – Word Meaning and Word Relationships
After studying word parts and context clues, young readers get to work discerning word meanings based on word relationships. Employing skills such as deciphering connotation and denotation, making analogies, and interpreting idioms, high...
9th - 12th 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...
5th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
"Shooting An Elephant": George Orwell's Essay on His Life in Burma
High school readers examine George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant" for examples of symbolism, metaphor, connotation, and irony. They analyze how these literary tools convey the writer's main point and contribute to the persuasive...
9th - 12th
Sports Team Connotation Activities
Reinforce your pupils' knowledge of connotation and denotation with a set of three sports team name activities. Using a dictionary, partners examine, define, and discuss 16 fictitious names for athletic teams. They brainstorm and analyze...
6th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
Connotation: Three Lessons for Effective Word Choice
Over the course of three days, middle schoolers explore the concept of connotation. They differentiate between the connotative and denotative meanings of sports team names, develop their own team names, logos, and text, and revise a news...
6th - 9th