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She Did What? Revising for Connotation

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She Did What? Revising for Connotation

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 50 minutes
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Overheads, handouts, or a white board.

  • Students will need a piece of writing that they have been working on—either in writer's journals or a paper.

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Connotation Revision Passage handout

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  • To introduce the idea of connotation, you might complete Avalanche, Aztek, or Bravada? A Connotation Minilesson before having students revise their own texts in this lesson.

  • Prepare overheads or handouts; or arrange to present materials on the board.

  • Explore the background exercises on connotation found at Websites listed in the Resources section.

  • During this lesson three students demonstrate the sentence "She walked into the room." Before you begin the lesson, prepare these students by asking them to walk into the room in a particular manner:

    • Ask one student to walk in quickly, as if she is late. She's not to run, but she should seem rushed and hurried.

    • Ask another student to walk in at a fairly normal speed, but as if she is very happy and pleased. She might bounce in or float in dreamily.

    • Ask the last student to walk in very slowly, as if she really isn't interested in the class and has plenty of time to get into her seat.

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