Using Denotative and Connotative Meanings

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Using Denotative and Connotative Meanings
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1. Identifying Denotative and Connotative Meanings
a. Decide whether the bold word in each sentence has a denotative or a connotative meaning.

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Sentence
Denotative or Connotative?
She sauntered into the classroom.
Connotative
Lara is a good student.
Denotative
I usually walk to school each morning.
Denotative
Jake is a real loner.

Pat crammed for the test last night.
Connotative

b. In the table, write the words from the activity above that have denotative meanings. Replace each one with a word (or words) that would give the sentence a positive or a negative connotation instead. Then rewrite the sentence using the connotative word.

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Denotative Word
Connotative Word
Positive or Negative Connotation
Revised Sentence
Angry
Rage
Negative
George was in rage after he lost the race
Job
career
Positive
Anne has a career in banking

c. Read each sentence in this table. Identify whether the sentence has a negative, positive, or neutral connotation. Then rewrite the sentence so it has a different connotation.

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Sentence
Current Connotation
New Connotation
Rewritten Sentence
We ate at the banquet.
Neutral
negative
We devoured the food at the banquet.
I carry all my textbooks to class each day.

The Johnsons’ puppy playfully

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