Denotation Teacher Resources
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Connotation and Denotation: How Word Choice Affects a Paragraph
7th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Collaborating about Denotation and Connotation
10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Denotations and Connotations: Word Overtones
5th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Determine the Meaning of Words by Comparing Denotative and Connotative Meanings
11 mins 5th - 7th CCSS: Designed
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...
Connotative vs. Denotative Meanings
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Besides 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...
Speak Write! Understanding the Hidden Meaning of Words
8th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
"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...
Sports Team Connotation Activities
6th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Vocabulary (Part 3) – Word Meaning and Word Relationships
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Connotation: Three Lessons for Effective Word Choice
6th - 9th
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...