This graphic organizer (2 pages to print front and back) and rubric helps to give students practice with a crucial element of Common Core Standard RL/RI.4.
The graphic organizer works with any text that has words with connotation. Students are asked to identify the word, explain what the word describes, identify the connotation, and explain how the word impacts the meaning, mood, or tone of the passage.
This is a very rigorous task for students to complete. However, this graphic organizer breaks it down for students to help them achieve this standard.
Use this organizer to introduce connotation, mood, and tone to your students. Then, let students work on this with partners or in a small group. This works wonderfully as a formative assessment! There is even a rubric included. The rubric is based on a scale of 1-4. There is space for both the student to assess his or her work and the teacher to assess the student's work with space for comments.
Definitions of denotation, connotation, mood and tone are all included on the graphic organizer along with learning targets!
* 2 page graphic organizer