Here are three middle school connotation activities (part of my Test Review Quizzes Bundle
) that can be used as homework, classwork, partner practice, or whole-class test review. These are great for end-of-year ELA test prep - understanding connotation is such an important reading skill for both fiction and nonfiction reading passages!
Page one contains eight sentences with "connotation" words in bold; students will identify the connotation as positive or negative and then write a sentence using a word with the opposite connotation. (This activity is also great for helping students use connotation in their writing to create tone!) The bottom of this page has boxes filled with words that could be used to describe the (1) beach and (2) an animal, and students are asked to circle words with certain connotations. Sorting the words really helps them pinpoint the difference between words with positive and negative connotations.
Pages two and three each include a short passage with several questions about words' connotations, as well as plot and characterization inferences based on connotations. These pages are excellent for general reading test review, and the specific connotation questions provide great focused practice for this skill!
I hope these engaging, skill-based connotation worksheets help your middle school students focus on the vital reading skill of connotation as they prepare for end-of-year tests!
(Answer keys are included for all pages.)
**Looking for more test prep?
Check out Context Clues Practice Quizzes
and Text Structure Practice Quizzes!