Presentation on theme: "Denotation vs. Connotation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Denotation vs. Connotation SOL 7.4 c- Students will identify connotations
2 Denotation:The actual dictionary definition of a word
3 ConnotationEmotional and imaginative association surrounding a word; the meaning given to a word through its use in a society or culture
4 For example: Annette was surprised Annette was amazed. Annette was astonished.The words are synonyms (denotations), but they have slightly different connotations.
5 Synonyms can often have a positive, neutral, or negative connotation Synonyms can often have a positive, neutral, or negative connotation. For example, the synonyms scrawny and slim have similar denotations, (thin or not having much weight) but most people would rather be called slim than scrawny.
14 For quick discussion:Do the following pairs of words contain positive, neutral, or negative connotations?thrifty penny-pinchingpushy aggressivepolitician statesmanchef cookdevout fanatical
15 alone story amateur common dull chicken issues green old neverending Now get with a partner and try to come up with the denotation and connotation of the following words. Be prepared to explain how context can affect meaning:storyamateurcommondullalonechickenissuesgreenoldneverending