Look up the following words in a dictionary: • House • Home
Dictionary Definition: • House • Home The place where one lives; A dwelling place DENOTATION- the dictionary definition of a word
BUT… sometimes words have additional feelings, emotions, or ideas associated with them love comfort safety family
connotation: • The feelings, ideas, or emotions associated with a word beyond its dictionary definition HOUSE – a structure or building HOME – brings up feelings, memories, emotions of family
connotation: Words with the same DENOTATION can have very different CONNOTATIONS: thin, slender, skinny • Positive connotation: • Negative connotation: • Neutral (in between) connotation: slender skinny thin
The words trip and vacation have the same DENOTATION (dictionary definition). Which word has a more positive CONNOTATION?
Number your opposite DTAP page from 1-5. Which word has a more POSITIVE CONNOTATION? • child kid • immature youthful • shot injection • clever sly • car automobile
SO WHAT? Why is it important to recognize the CONNOTATION of words? • As a READER – it helps you to understand what is going on and to understand “shades of meaning” • As a READER – it helps you to understand the author’s “thinking” • As a WRITER – it helps you to understand the importance of word choice to get your point across. • As a WRITER – it helps you understand that not all synonyms necessarily fit what you want to say- be careful of word choice
What is the writer thinking? • The girl ran courageously into the flaming barn to save her colt. • The girl ran recklessly into the flaming barn to save her colt.
What is the writer thinking? • Joe walked at a sluggish pace. • Joe walked at a leisurely pace.
DENOTATION – thedictionary definition of a wordCONNOTATION - the feelings, ideas, or emotions associated with a word beyond its dictionary definition