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Interpreting Meaning Through Connotation and Denotation

One of the more challenging aspects of comprehension, particularly for ESL students or students with learning difficulties, is the idea of connotation and denotation. This collection of resources will give you an understanding of the role of connotation and denotation in reading comprehension and will provide some strategies to assist your students in developing their comprehension skills.
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Interpreting Meaning Through Connotation and Denotation
  • Shelley Okposin says:
    If some of your students struggle to understand the difference between connotation and denotation, this Youtube clip provides a clear explanation, highlighting that connotation is the emotion we connect with words and is affected by a word's context. The clip gives clear, relatable examples which your students are sure to enjoy.
  • Shelley Okposin says:
    If you want to engage your students in a little competition while also encouraging them to practice their understanding of connotation and denotation, this game on Kubbu is sure to work a treat! In this multiple choice game where students will race against the clock to determine either the connotation or denotation of words. Kubbu also allows teachers to create their own online puzzles and quizzes.
  • Shelley Okposin says:
    Although Emily Iland's well-researched book offers creative and engaging strategies specifically for teachers of students with Autism, many of the suggested activities and advice will be of great benefit to all students when teaching connotation and denotation. The strategies are very interactive and are sure to be effective particularly when teaching visual and kinesthetic learners.
  • Shelley Okposin says:
    This blog post explores how our communication can break down when we fail to understand how denotation and connotation play out in our conversations. The author shares his experience with others misunderstanding his use or words and subsequently failing to understand him. He identifies that this is simply because they interpret his language literally rather than discerning the connotation to his language choice.
  • Shelley Okposin says:
    This is a useful reference resource for teachers as it gives a solid understanding of connotation and denotation, and how they interrelate. It also provides a number of examples and suggests ways to teach connotation and denotation to your students. The examples included are quite challenging and are better suited to Year 9 and 10 students.