Yes, there is more. In fact, every word has at least two definitions: connotative and denotative So, what’s the difference?
The denotative definition is based on the________definition of a word. The connotative definition is the________________________ meaning of a word. literal figurative or emotional
Let’s try giving the connotative definition for some common words.
Love Denotative definition: a warmth and tender liking; a deep feeling of fondness and friendship. Connotative definition: a word which describes . . . . . . .
Anger Denotative definition : the feeling one has toward something that hurts, opposes, offends, or annoys. Connotative definition: When I feel . . .
Patriotism Denotative definition: love or loyal support for one’s country Connotative definition: The act of . . .
Christmas Denotative definition: a holiday celebrated on December 25 Connotative definition : A time of year when . . .
Your assignment Define the word “gift.” Give both a denotative and a connotative definition. Turn these definitions into a five paragraph essay. Follow the structure of a well organized essay.
Introductory paragraph Broad to _______ Specific Thesis statement
Each of the three supporting paragraphs must contain • A topic sentence • Supporting examples • A concluding sentence which ties the paragraph to the topic sentence
Concluding paragraph Specific To __________ Broad Be careful not to begin a new idea.
Consider your audience It will be O.K. to use personal pronouns like I, me, my, we, our, and us . It will be okay to use the pronoun you.
Remember to check the important stuff. • What about the word this? • What about contractions? • What about slang terms? • What about tense consistency? • What about parallelism?