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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

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

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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PRINTOUTS

Connotation Revision Passage handout

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • 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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