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The Meanings of Words. Denotation and Connotation. Denotation. The strict dictionary meaning of a word. Connotation. The emotional and imaginative association surrounding a word. Purpose of Words. To label things I live in a house . Purpose of Words. To express a point of view

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The Meanings of Words

Denotation and Connotation

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The strict dictionary meaning of a word

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The emotional and imaginative association surrounding a word

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Purpose of Words

To label things

I live in ahouse.

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Purpose of Words

To express a point of view

You may live in a house, but we live in a home.

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We bought inexpensive souvenirs at the amusement park.


We bought cheap souvenirs at the amusement park.

Point of View

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Point of View: Positive

  • Everyone had a (smile, smirk) on his/her face on the ride home.

  • Everyone had a smile on his/her face on the way home.

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Point of View: Negative

I ate a (soggy,moist) sandwich.

I ate a soggy sandwich

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Positive? You Decide!





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Context Clues

Words or phrases that help the reader understand a difficult word

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Using Context Clues

  • The parrot was able to (mimic, mock) human voices.

  • The parrot was able to mimichuman voices.

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Context Clues: You Decide!

1. The (odor, fragrance) of apple blossoms filled the entire valley.

2. A (swarm, bunch) of bees filled the air near the hive.

3. Tammy (delayed, hesitated) for a moment, then went on speaking.

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Let’s Play...

Word Jeopardy

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Word Jeopardy

Positive Viewpoint

Negative Viewpoint

Context Clues










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Positive Viewpoint

  • immature

  • youthful

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Positive Viewpoint

  • limit

  • restrict

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Positive Viewpoint

  • filthy

  • dirty

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Negative Viewpoint

  • stingy

  • thrifty

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Negative Viewpoint

  • cluttered

  • messy

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Negative Viewpoint

  • unusual

  • weird

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Context Clues

After the big test, Rich felt relaxed and ( carefree, irresponsible ).

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Context Clues

The empty streets looked lonely and ( deserted, barren ).

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Context Clues

The employees tried to ( haggle, bargain ) with their employer over pay raises.

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