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  1. Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development Denotation Connotation

  2. Reading – Word Analysis Denotation and Connotation UNUSUALUNUSUAL Denotation - extraordinary Connotation - bizarre

  3. Good writers choose their words for the effects they have upon their readers. Word choice is also a clue to the writer’s attitude toward his/her subject – tone.

  4. They think about the denotation of a word – its dictionary meaning and the connotation – the implied meanings and associations when choosing words.

  5. Denotation is the literal meaning of a word Connotation is adding attitude to a word

  6. A word can have positive or negative associations or connotations. Study the following chart.

  7. Here is a sample of a word that has denotative meaning and connotative associations: “She’s my baby.” Denotation infant Connotation girl friend

  8. Now let’s try one together: The wordplayercan have two meanings. The soccer goalie was a realplayer. (discuss the denotative meaning)

  9. The wordplayercan have two meanings. The soccer goalie was a real player. Denotation: one who plays in a game (discuss the connotative meaning)

  10. The wordplayercan have two meanings. The soccer goalie was a real player. Connotation one who uses people

  11. Here are some words that have denotative and connotative meanings. On your paper, create a chart like the one below and identify the denotative and connotative meanings of the following words.

  12. The word brutal can have two meanings. The fight scene in the Two Towers between the Orcs and the travelers was brutal. Denotation extremely cruel Connotation violent to the point of entertaining

  13. The word commitment can have two meanings. The couple has a commitment to each other. Denotation a pledge to do Connotation an emotional connection to another person

  14. The wordtightcan have two meanings. The dress she was wearing was reallytight. Denotation fixed firmly in place Connotation good, fantastic, awesome

  15. Read each list of words below. • Each word has a different connotation, but has the same general denotation. • Decide what the general denotation is for each group. • Write your answer on the line provided. • Then, number the words in each group from most positive connotation to most negative connotation. 1 being the most positive, 5 being the most negative.

  16. ___ guerilla___ freedom fighter___ mercenary___ soldier___ terrorist • ____________ (general denotation)

  17. ___ uprising___ riot___ demonstration___ unlawful gathering ___ protest ___ disturbance • ____________ (general denotation)

  18. ___ prisoner___ evacuee___ internee___ detainee___ inmate • ____________ (general denotation)

  19. ___ prisoner___ evacuee___ internee___ detainee___ inmate • ____________ (general denotation)

  20. Homework • Go back to slide 18 and write one sentence for each of the words. Make sure that your sentence reflects the connotation of the word (i.e. if it is a negative connotation your sentence should have a negative feeling.)