Quick-Write What is the denotative meaning of the word “orchestra”? Brainstorm a list of words, images, associations and ideas (the connotative meaning) of the word “orchestra”: Why might an author choose to use this word?
Your “Write Now” Assignment Rewrite the sentences, replacing the underlined word with stronger word choice. Make sure to consider the connotation of the words you choose: Terrified, Melvin walked toward the towering giant. The center fielder ran toward the fence and caught the ball. The starving camper ate his first meal in weeks. Ecstatic, Wendy went to the stage to receive her award. The worm moved inside of the apple. Make up sentences to show how each word in the following pairs should be used: Take/Seize Leap/Pounce Move/Totter Eat/Gorge Leave/Escape Kill/Execute Write/Scribble Think/Cogitate Trot/Sprint Walk/Shuffle Write a paragraph describing a social event that attended during the past year – using the description of Gatsby’s party as a model.
Your “Write Now” Assignment Choose two of the sentences that you rewrote, and three of the sentences that you created from scratch to share with your table-partner Identify (circle, underline or highlight) the denotative and connotative meanings of the words in your partner’s sentences
Your “Write Now” Assignment Swap paragraphs with your partner Highlight or underline the words that your partner wrote in their paragraph that have a distinct connotative meaning Discuss the connotative meaning of one or two of those words with your partner. Think about: The denotative and connotative meanings How your understanding of the sentence would change if the word was different Write a new sentence using one of the connotative words that you saw your partner use – be creative!
Back to the reading: Ch. 3 Continue reading chapter 3 As you read, answer the chapter 3 reading questions Pay attention to the connotative language that Fitzgerald uses