Denotation
Connotation
Reading – Word Analysis
Denotation and Connotation
UNUSUAL UNUSUAL
Denotation - extraordinary Connotation - bizarre
Good writers choose their words for
the effects they have upon their
readers. Word choice is also a clue to
the writer’s a...
They think about the denotation
of a word – its dictionary meaning
and the connotation – the
implied
meanings and associat...
Denotation
is the literal meaning of a word
Connotation
is adding attitude to a
word
A word can have positive or negative
associations or connotations. Study the
following chart.
Word
Positive
Connotatio
n
N...
Here is a sample of a word that has
denotative meaning and
connotative associations:
“She’s my baby.”
Denotation
infant
Co...
Now let’s try one together:
The word player can have two
meanings.
The soccer goalie was a real player.
(discuss the denot...
The word player can have two meanings.
The soccer goalie was a real player.
Denotation:
one who plays in a game
(discuss t...
The word player can have two meanings.
The soccer goalie was a real player.
Connotation
one who uses people
Here are some words that have denotative
and connotative meanings. On your
paper, create a chart like the one below and
id...
The word brutal can have two
meanings.
The fight scene in the Two Towers between
the Orcs and the travelers was brutal.
De...
Word Denotation Connotatio
n
brutal
extremely
cruel
violent to the
point of
entertaining
commitment
tight
The word commitment can have two meanings.
The couple has a commitment to each
other.
Denotation
a pledge to do
Connotatio...
Word Denotation Connotatio
n
brutal
extremely
cruel
violent to the
point of
entertaining
commitment
a pledge to
do
an emot...
The word tight can have two meanings.
The dress she was wearing was really tight.
Denotation
fixed firmly in place
Connota...
Word Denotation Connotatio
n
brutal
extremely
cruel
violent to the
point of
entertaining
commitment
a pledge to
do
an emot...
Favorable Neutral Unfavorable
1. relaxed inactive lazy
2. prudent timid cowardly
3. modest shy mousy
4. time-tested old ou...
• Read each list of words below.
• Each word has a different connotation, but
has the same general denotation.
• Decide wh...
• ___ guerilla
___ freedom fighter
___ mercenary
___ soldier
___ terrorist
• ____________ (general denotation)
• ___ uprising
___ riot
___ demonstration
___ unlawful gathering
___ protest
___ disturbance
• ____________ (general denot...
• ___ prisoner
___ evacuee
___ internee
___ detainee
___ inmate
• ____________ (general denotation)
• ___ prisoner
___ evacuee
___ internee
___ detainee
___ inmate
• ____________ (general denotation)
Homework
• Go back to slide 18 and write one
sentence for each of the words. Make sure
that your sentence reflects the con...
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  1. 1. Denotation Connotation
  2. 2. Reading – Word Analysis Denotation and Connotation UNUSUAL UNUSUAL Denotation - extraordinary Connotation - bizarre
  3. 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. 4. They think about the denotation of a word – its dictionary meaning and the connotation – the implied meanings and associations when choosing words.
  5. 5. Denotation is the literal meaning of a word Connotation is adding attitude to a word
  6. 6. A word can have positive or negative associations or connotations. Study the following chart. Word Positive Connotatio n Negative Connotatio n plain easy gawky unusual extraordinary bizarre firm determined unyielding
  7. 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. 8. Now let’s try one together: The word player can have two meanings. The soccer goalie was a real player. (discuss the denotative meaning)
  9. 9. The word player can have two meanings. The soccer goalie was a real player. Denotation: one who plays in a game (discuss the connotative meaning)
  10. 10. The word player can have two meanings. The soccer goalie was a real player. Connotation one who uses people
  11. 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. Word Denotation Connotatio n brutal commitment tight
  12. 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. 13. Word Denotation Connotatio n brutal extremely cruel violent to the point of entertaining commitment tight
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Word Denotation Connotatio n brutal extremely cruel violent to the point of entertaining commitment a pledge to do an emotional connection to another person tight
  16. 16. The word tight can have two meanings. The dress she was wearing was really tight. Denotation fixed firmly in place Connotation good, fantastic, awesome
  17. 17. Word Denotation Connotatio n brutal extremely cruel violent to the point of entertaining commitment a pledge to do an emotional connection to another person tight fixed firmly in place good, fantastic, awesome
  18. 18. Favorable Neutral Unfavorable 1. relaxed inactive lazy 2. prudent timid cowardly 3. modest shy mousy 4. time-tested old out-of-date 5. dignified reserved stiff-necked 6. persevering persistent stubborn 7. up-to-date new newfangled 8. thrifty conservative miserly 9. self- confident proud conceited 10. inquisitive curious nosy
  19. 19. • 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.
  20. 20. • ___ guerilla ___ freedom fighter ___ mercenary ___ soldier ___ terrorist • ____________ (general denotation)
  21. 21. • ___ uprising ___ riot ___ demonstration ___ unlawful gathering ___ protest ___ disturbance • ____________ (general denotation)
  22. 22. • ___ prisoner ___ evacuee ___ internee ___ detainee ___ inmate • ____________ (general denotation)
  23. 23. • ___ prisoner ___ evacuee ___ internee ___ detainee ___ inmate • ____________ (general denotation)
  24. 24. 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.)

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