Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)
Lesson Length: 45 mins
Topic: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
Brief Description: Understanding the difference between denotation, the strict meaning of a word, and connotation, the feeling the word conjures, can be challenging to wrap one’s head around. Visually demonstrate the difference for readers and writers.
Know Before You Start: It is helpful for students to be familiar with denotation and connotation.
Hook: Write the words skinny and slim on the board and explain that each is defined as thin in size (denotation.) Then add these words to the list: wiry, delicate, lean, lanky, slight, and svelte. Ask students to rank the list from positive to negative (connotation.)
Activity: Have students create a coherent and informative comic demonstrating both the denotation and connotation of a particular word.
- Which is the literal meaning and which is the figurative meaning?
- Does the word have a positive, negative, or neutral connotation?
- How can this word be used uniquely in two different sentences?
Closure: Have students share and discuss their comics with a peer.
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
- Provide a list of words from which to choose that can be used in creating the comic.