This mini unit helps students explore the impact connotation has on communication. They will learn the difference between denotation and connotation, explore an essay using SOAPSTone, close reading and discussion to identify and analyze how connotative language elicits pathos in an audience. It is applicable to upper high school classes, including AP Language (which is where I teach it).
Connotation/Denotation presentation - PowerPoint - 17 slides
SOAPSTone graphic organizer (editable - Word) - 2 pages
Essay - "The Wife Beater" by Gayle Rosenwald Smith (Word)
Quick write prompts
Close reading/annotation work
Summative assessment: mini-rhetorical analysis essay