Denotation Teacher Resources
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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
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
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 plan are directed toward this question, which will be sure to incite lots of opinions and ideas. The SMART Board file guides...
8th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Connotative vs. Denotative Meanings
New ReviewBesides the dictionary definition, words also carry the added weight of meanings that are inferred or implied, meanings conferred on words, or connotations. To gain an understanding the importance of connotation, class members engage in...
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
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
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
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...
11 mins 5th - 7th CCSS: Designed
"Because I could not stop for Death" -- Visualizing Meaning and Tone
New ReviewEmily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death" provides high schoolers with an opportunity to practice their critical thinking skills. They examine the images, diction, rhythm, and rhyme scheme the poet uses and consider how...
9th - 10th CCSS: Designed