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NCTE: Assessment of Denotation and Connotation

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

After defining denotation and connotation, students will identify possible connotations of various provided terms. They will explain both positive and negative connotations for these terms, explaining why and for whom these connotations might exist.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Explain lesson objectives, which are outlined in the third set of instructions listed on the Item Menu. Ensure that students have access to the appropriate LearningCheck .edc resource files.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio™ file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Identify denotative and connotative meanings.
  • Examine possible effects of connotative meanings on an audience.
  • Analyze an image to determine connotative meanings.
  • Describe audiences that would recognize these connotations.
  • Identify and analyze connotative meanings of various terms depending on context.
  • Define connotation and denotation (with examples).
  • After the Activity

    Discuss possible connotations of the terms in the assessment activity. Discuss definitions of denotation and connotation. Ask students to share their paragraphs aloud and discuss their responses. Answer any questions concerning connotation.