Connotations Task Cards - Print and Easel Versions

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Classroom in the Middle
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4th - 7th
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Connotations Task Cards is a set of thirty task cards that provide students with a variety of practice exercises for the difficult concept of word connotations. Students practice recognizing the different nuances of word meanings and choosing words with just the right connotation.

The activities in this set of cards include:

Connotation or Denotation?

Positive and Negative Connotations

Illustrate the Connotations

List in Order

Choose the Best Definition or Word

What Did They Really Mean?

Replace Words

List Words

See the preview for more sample cards.

These task cards are designed specifically for middle grade kids. The cards are large – two cards per page and have more content per card than many of the smaller task cards – perfect for older kids who can handle more than one quick question per card.

Included with this set is a blank answer sheet for students to fill in their answers.

Each card provides a short assignment that is a great length for centers, partner work, independent work, or class games like Footloose and Scoot. Print the cards on card stock, or print them on plain paper and have them laminated to use over and over. Included in this set is a list of suggestions for ways to use task cards and a list of suggestions for easy differentiation with task cards.

Providing practice in the use of words with different connotations is a great way to help students develop their reading comprehension and written composition skills as well as their vocabulary, and the variety of cards makes it easy to differentiate for students of different abilities or students who work at different rates.

The Easel Activity is a digital version that is ready to use with one card per slide. It is ready for student use with answer boxes and directions already in place.

For the Google Slides version, see Connotations Task Cards and Google Slides.

These task cards support both the standards for Reading: Literature and for Language.

See additional resources for teaching connotations here: Connotations.

See more language arts task card sets for middle school and upper elementary kids here: Task Cards.

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Total Pages
56 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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