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Denotation and Conotation

  1. 1. Lesson 2: Choosing the Right Words Denotation and Connotation
  2. 2. “What is in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
  3. 3. Think of words as superheroes. They appear ordinary most of the time, but they have hidden powers.
  4. 4. Manchester United Miami Heat Real Madrid LA Lakers FC Barcelona Chicago Bulls AFC Ajax Boston Celtics Glasagno Rangers Dallas Mavericks Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. 5. DENOTATION It is the dictionary definition of a word.
  6. 6. CONNOTATION Secondary meaning of the word. Emotions or feelings are attached.
  7. 7. dove
  8. 8. star
  9. 9. Number 13
  10. 10. + positive - negative
  11. 11. Home or House? Which word connotes love, comfort and security?
  12. 12. Home or House? Which word connotes a building or structure?
  13. 13. Which connotes a slight insult about being thin? Which connotes a desirable or admirable trait? Skinny or Slim?
  14. 14. Which connotes a slight insult about being fat? Which connotes a desirable or admirable trait? Fat or Curvy?
  15. 15. lazy or relaxed? Which word has a connotation of criticism?
  16. 16. juicy or greasy? Which word has a tastier connotation?
  17. 17. victim or loser? Which word has a more sympathetic connotation?
  18. 18. cheap or thrifty? Which word has a more positive connotation?
  19. 19. Activity 1: Shades of Meaning Arrange the 20 words into a list of 10 pairs with similar definitions. Complete the “Connotations Chart” by correctly identifying the word in each pair as positive or negative.
  20. 20. CONNOTATIONS CHART Career Cheater Chef Cook Cop Coward Crazy Curious Eccentric Job Nosy Mentally Unstable Officer Plagiarizer Politician Statesman Strong-willed Stubborn Timid Weird
  21. 21. CONNOTATIONS CHART Positive Connotation Negative Connotation
  22. 22. Put a + sign next to the one with a positive connotation and a – sign next to the one with a negative connotation. 1. a powerful stink a powerful aroma 2. a dynamic leader a pushy leader 3. old people elderly people 4. a reckless plan a daring plan 5. energetic children wild children .6. answered with arrogance answered with confidence 7. sloppy clothes casual clothes 8. an aggressive attitude a hostile attitude 9. an easy-going friend a lazy friend 10. a thoughtful response a calculated response
  23. 23. Choose one set of words. Identify if these words are positive or negative. Then, choose 2 words from the list and demonstrate their meanings through a drawing. • student, apprentice, learner, novice, scholar • skinny, bony, malnourished, slender, thin • run, dash, gallop, lope, sprint • vacation, break, holiday, intermission, recess, layoff • busy, active, diligent, occupied, persevering • fear, dread, anxiety, panic, terror • fat, obese, chubby, stout, plump, stocky • friend, companion, acquaintance, colleague, playmate
  24. 24. -the secondary meaning of the word associated to your emotions DENOTATION CONNOTATION -dictionary definition of the word
  25. 25. Choosing the best words: Pay attention to your words, Grow your vocabulary, Use the power of connotations


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