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Connotation / Denotation Lesson Intro (6th)

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Denotation and Connotation
The literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests.
An idea

or feeling that a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
The new girl walked past the large group of girls with an unexplainable smile on her face, Ali turned the other girls,
"Something about that girl seems fishy to me." She whispered.
: the girl actually resembles a fish
: there is something strange about the girl
"Mending Wall" Writing UPenn. University of Pennsylvania. Wednesday Jul. 18, 2007. Thursday Sept. 27 2012.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Salem and Concord, Massachusets. Ticknor, Reed, Fields. 1850. Print.
"denotation." The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005. 27 Sep. 2012. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/denotation>.
"connotation." © Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.. 27 Sep. 2012. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/connotation>.
James, Henry. Daisy Miller. New York: Harper and Brothers,1892.Print.
Connotation Versus Denotation
DENOTATION is the dictionary definition. Think D for denotation / dictionary definition

CONNOTATION is the the idea / feeling that a word has. It's the emotional connection readers have with the word. Think Connotation = connect
If you are asked for the denotation of the word,
simply look it up in the dictionary and define it.
What is the denotation of cozy?
(adj) snugly warm and
Let's talk about CONNOTATION. Words can have:
a. positive connotations (good)
b. negative connotations (bad)
c. neutral connotations (neither good nor bad)
Read each word. Positive, Negative, or Neutral?
stench shack confident
aroma pencil friend
obsession bossy person
Let's Explore Connotation and Denotation
with Captain English!
You are going to be given a list of random words. Take
a look at each word and think about its connotation.

On your paper, create 3 columns. Label them as follows: Positive Negative Neutral

Place each word in its correct column. This is a timed
activity, so you must work quickly!

Teacher- Hand out word list.
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Why is CONNOTATION important to writers?
Let's say you are a real estate agent. Which should
you use in your online description of a property for sale?
For Sale: Spacious Shack in the woods.

For Sale: Spacious Cabin in the woods
Why is Connotation Important to Writers?
"Jim, you are a slim young man."
"Jim, you are a scrawny young man."
Look at what Mary said to Jim. Use it to
explain why connotation is important, not only to
writers, but to all of our communication skills!
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