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Oops! A girl is walking down the hall at school. She spots a boy she’s been dying to meet coming toward her. They are almost right next to each other when she slips, loses her balance, and falls to the floor in a clumsy heap. How could a moment like this possibly have a positive outcome? Quick-write: In your journal, jot down your response to the question above. illustrationsource. com
Pre-reading FYI • Christmas is not celebrated by all cultures. • Other cultures do not eat the sorts of traditional foods that Americans tend to eat for celebrations. • Chinese Family Meal
Pre-reading FYI • Chinese New Year is the Chinese version of Christmas in China, but many Chinese get in the holiday spirit at Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so most offices, schools and shops remain open. All the trappings of a Western Christmas can be found in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
Fish Cheeks by Amy Tan
The Meanings of Words Denotation and Connotation
Denotation The strict dictionary meaning of a word
Connotation The emotional and imaginative association surrounding a word
Denotation vs. Connotation b • Denotation is the dictionary or literal meaning of a word. Connotative words imply emotions. Plump = a full, round. Fat = While similar in meaning to plump, it has a very harsh and mean tone.
Word Choice You may live in a house, but we live in a home. The connotation in this sentence is that a “home” is much more than merely the structure of a house.
The connotation of often either positive b. Positive We bought inexpensive souvenirs at the amusement park. a word is or negative b. Negative We bought cheap souvenirs at the amusement park.
Which word has a positive connotation and which has a negative one? negativ e e v i t i pos b Everyone had a smirk on his/her face on the ride home. b Everyone had a smile on his/her face on the way home.
Connotation: Negative I ate a soggy sandwich.
Another example… b You look a little odd today. b You look really weird today. Which one do think has a stronger, more negative feel to it?
Which word has a positive connotation? You Decide! average mediocre childish childlike spit saliva antique old-fashioned
Connotation • Opposite of Denotation • Implied Meaning • May be Favorable or unfavorable
Which words have negative connotations? You Decide! 1. The (odor, fragrance) of apple blossoms filled the entire valley. 2. A (swarm, bunch) of bees filled the air near the hive.
Tone = Emotion b The tone of the words is what evokes a certain emotion.
Let’s Play. . . Word Choice
Word Choice Positive Viewpoint Negative Viewpoint 100 200 300
Positive Connotation b immature b youthful b Back to Game
Positive Connotation b limit b restrict b Back to Game
Negative Connotation b stingy b thrifty b Back to Game
Negative Connotation b cluttered b messy b Back to Game
Negative Connotation b unusual b weird b Back to Game
Fish Cheeks Reread the story and highlight the connotations. Identify if it is a positive (+) or negative (-) connotation. - The kitchen was littered with appalling mounds of raw food…