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CONNOTATION

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CONNOTATION PRACTICE. BELOW IS A LIST OF COMMON WORDS. DECIDE WHETHER THE WORD IS POSITIVE (+), NEGATIVE (-) OR NEUTRAL (X) AND WRITE THE SIGN IN THE SPACE ...

    Connotation Practice

Below is a list of common words. Decide whether the word is positive (+), negative (-) or neutral (x)

    and write the sign in the space provided. Briefly explain why you labeled it as such. Then for each

    word listed, write as many words with positive and negative connotations as you can. The first one

    has been done as an example.

     Positive Negative

    1. Thrifty ( + ) Frugal Cheap

Ex. Usually associated with someone

    who knows how to spend money wisely.

2. Confident ( )

3. Wet ( )

4. Innocent ( )

5. Brave ( )

6. Thin ( )

7. Outgoing ( )

8. Carefree ( )

9. Clever ( )

10. Strange ( )

“The Bath Tub”

    As a bathtub lined with white porcelain,

    When the hot water gives out or goes tepid,

    So is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion

    O my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory

     lady.

Directions:

    Make a prediction about the title. Read (use the Read, Respond and Reread Strategy) the poem and then paraphrase it. Then choose five words from the poem that have strong connotations. Label each word as having a positive or negative or neutral connotation. Brainstorm what other words could the poet have used instead. Would other word choices have created the same emotional response or sensory image? When you are finished, you will share your observations and explain how the words the author selected contribute to the poem's meaning.

(For homework, do the same to this poem as you did above.)

    “Autumn”

    A touch of cold in the Autumn night

    I walked abroad,

    And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge

    Like a red-faced farmer.

    I did not stop to speak, but nodded,

    And round about were the wistful stars

    With white faces like town children.

    To fling my arms wide “Dream Variations”

    In the face of the sun,

    To fling my arms wide Dance! Whirl! Whirl!

    In some place of the sun, Till the quick day is done.

    To whirl and to dance Rest at pale evening...

    Till the white day is done. A tall, slim tree...

    Then rest at cool evening Night coming tenderly

    Beneath a tall tree Black like me.

    While night comes on gently,

    By Langston Hughes Dark like me-

    That is my dream!

    Directions:

    Make a prediction about the title. Read (use the Read, Respond and Reread Strategy) the poem and then paraphrase it. Then choose five words from the poem that have strong connotations. Label each word as having a positive or negative or neutral connotation. Brainstorm what other words could the poet have used instead. Would other word choices have created the same emotional response or sensory image? When you are finished, you will share your observations and explain how the words the author selected contribute to the poem's meaning.

(For homework, do the same to this poem as you did above.)

    Refugee in America by Langston Hughes

There are words like Freedom

    Sweet and wonderful to say.

    On my heart-strings freedom sings

    All day everyday.

    There are words like Liberty

    That almost make me cry.

    If you had known what I knew

    You would know why.

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