Writing Lesson:Think about a word’s CONNOTATION, as well as
1.So, how is this lesson related to DICTION and related to
being PRECISE in your writing?
2.Get out your Vocabulary Variety sheet, and look at the
pairs that are synonyms, but that create different images in your mind.
a.Dotted and freckled
b.Oily and buttery
c.Sweet and sugary
d.Scented and odorous
Find at least five
pair, and label them:P1-P1, P2-P2, etc.
3.Think about which one sounds more positive, and which one
sounds more negative.(Not all pairs
will work in this way, but we’ll take a look at a few.)
a.Spotted and freckled
b.Ram and smash
c.Peppery and hot
d.Hot and spicy
e.Rotten and spoiled
f.Sneak and creep
g.Velvety and smooth
h.Alkaline and acidic
i.Fuzzy and hairy
j.Murmur and whisper
k.Piney and earthy
l.Roar and yell
m.Bland and tasteless
n.Steamy and damp
4.Okay, now write down the word “attractive.”
5.Record as many synonyms as you can for this word.
6.Now, let me hear the men’s synonyms.Women, vote for your fave.
7.Now, let me hear the women’s synonyms.Men, vote for your fave.
Denotation Definition= the literal or primary meaning of a word
Connotation Definition=an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition
to its literal or primary meaning; the vibe or a word--overtone, undertone,
undercurrent, implication, hidden meaning, nuance, hint, echo, association,
Writing Lesson Practice
What Are You Suggesting? (yellow page 26)
1.You’re going to attack this assignment with a partner I’ve selected for
your Vocab Variety sheet for help, as needed.
Reminders About Your Work with Your Partner and
About Your Responses
·Be appropriate and
·We’ll share out with
the whole class.
Minutes)Revision:Earliest Memory Poem
1.Look at an example of a
thorough revision in or class folder.This example is here anytime you need to review it.
2.Read the Advice on
Revising and Editing Poetry.
3.Type three questions as
the top of your poem that will help you revise.
4.Carefully read my
comments to you.
5.Keeping #1-#4 above in
mind, revise and edit your poem to excellence!
For an “A”, make at least fifteen revisions to
your poem to make it stronger. Here’s what you can do to revise:
1.Create a strong title.
2.Use strong diction—get out
your Vocabulary Variety sheet!
3.Add details to create more
imagery in your poem.
4.Delete unneeded words.
5.Switch words and lines
around to help the poem flow.
6.Make all your line breaks
Editing Note:editing corrections need to be made, but they
do not “count” as revisions. But your final draft should be
grammatically perfect, error-free.
Revising Note:Click on “FILE”, then “SEE REVISION
HISTORY”. Count how many revisions you made—do you have at least
(15 minutes)Workshop Time:Death of Language
1.I talked about three
different people’s mid-way grade checks from yesterday--if people had “1,” “2”,
or “3,” they need to do more work today and tomorrow to beef up their answers
to the “A” range.
2.We had fifteen minutes
to work on this assignment, which is due THURSDAY, at the end of the block.
If You Finish Early
Diction Practice—Click on the link on my blog!Make sure you’re in the class group!
1.Play free rice at your BEST LEVEL (not starting over at
Level 1) when you finish.
grains are due by Thursday, April 17th, 2014.