This is "Connotation Creation"- a game I made up which teaches the difference between connotations and denotations. I tell students at the beginning of the hour that by the end of the game, they will all know the difference between the two terms and be able to explain each. The kids love it and get very competitive. As they go around and share their answers, they make comments like, "When I heard that word, I thought of____," which allows me to point out that each of those comments is a different connotation of the same word. This connects with the common Core Standard #4 under Reading Standards:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and
connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½
This can be used as an informal assessment to judge whether students know the difference between the two- give students an exit slip and ask them to explain it to you after they are done with the game.