Connotation and Denotation Resources

These activities are designed to help students think about how words that have similar meanings can have very different connotations. These activities are also helpful if you are teaching students to think about their word choice when writing.

Whole Group Continuum Activity
Whole group or small group activity – students each get a synonym of the word “loud” or “quiet” and line up on a continuum based on their connotations.

Cut and Paste Continuum: Messy and Clean
Students place synonyms to the words messy and clean on a continuum based on their connotations. Students answer questions that encourage them to think about connotations.

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Students place synonyms to the words asleep and awake on a continuum based on their connotations. Students answer questions that encourage them to think about connotations.

Cut and Paste Continuum: Cold and Hot
Students place synonyms to the words cold and hot on a continuum based on their connotations. Students answer questions that encourage them to think about connotations.

Cut and Paste Continuum: Sad and Happy
Students place synonyms to the words sad and happy on a continuum based on their connotations. Students answer questions that encourage them to think about connotations.

Cut and Paste Continuum: Walk and Run
Students place synonyms to the words walk and run on a continuum based on their connotations. Students answer questions that encourage them to think about connotations.

Rewrite Paragraph with Better Word Choice
Students read a paragraph. They rewrite the paragraph, replacing some of the words.