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Connotation and Denotation Worksheets

Bring sunshine into your writing with our printable connotation and denotation worksheets curated for grade 6, grade 7, and grade 8 children! The words we choose affect how readers interpret us. While the denotation of a word is its literal meaning, the connotation is the emotional associations the word inspires. In other words, connotation, the trickier of the two, refers to an extended meaning the word can conjure up. Watch middle school children cheer and holler for our free connotation and denotation worksheets pdf!

Positive and Negative Connotations

Go with full gusto recognizing the words as having positive or negative connotations! Remember while certain words, such as "energetic" and "selfless", are unambiguous, this might not be the case with every word.

Identifying Positive and Negative Connotations

Bring the house down with phrases like lit-up face/white face, where the same noun is used with words bearing positive and negative connotations. Let 6th grade children write P for positive connotations, and N for negative connotations.

Negative, Neutral, and Positive Connotations

When we "discuss", we just neutrally talk about something. This is not the case with "unique" and "hyperactive", whose connotations make the words stand out. Direct 7th grade children to identify if the words have positive, negative, or neutral connotations.

Completing Sentences with Positive Connotations

Bring more and more words with positive connotation into your lexicon as you complete the sentences in this printable connotation worksheet for 8th grade by choosing the word with a positive connotation.

Completing Sentences with Negative Connotations

The noise was ear-splitting, rather than ear-grabbing, so Ms. Allen stopped the lesson. Barrel toward success in connotation by picking negative connotations from the parentheses to complete the sentences.

Converting Negative Connotations into Positive Connotations

Spill your magic on this connotation-practice arena for grade 8! Find each highlighted word a synonym with positive connotation; use the synonym in a sentence. This positive and negative connotations worksheet pdf abounds in practice!

Choosing Words with Same Denotation

"Popular" is not the denoted meaning of "attractive" because popularity is an effect of attractiveness, and not its literal meaning. Grade 6 and grade 7 students identify the words that have the same denotations as each word.

What Do the Words Connote or Denote?

Sit back and enjoy the fruit of your labor while writing each word's connotative and denotative meanings. Let students in 8th grade write a sentence for each meaning in this part of our printable connotation and denotation worksheets.

Do the Highlighted Words Connote or Denote?

A "picky eater" likes only a few things and is very hard to please. Dive deeper into the denotative and connotative aspects and identify the words marked as denotations/connotations. Ideal for the 6th grade and 7th grade!

Is That a Connotation or Denotation?

Demystify if the highlighted word in each sentence conjures a literal meaning or does it have any positive or negative emotional association. This connotation and denotation worksheet pdf is the ticket to assess your grade 8 student's knowledge.

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