The Giver: “Precision of Language” Vocabulary Activity

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Ever wish YOUR students had better “precision of language” when they spoke? Teach them denotation, connotation, and vocabulary in context with this lesson on double-meaning words from The Giver!

This lesson handout uses a graphic organizer to analyze four significant words from the novel (Sameness, Release, Stirrings, and Giver); students identify a quote in the text that uses the word, the dictionary (denotative) definition, the connotation (context/ what it means in the book at FIRST), and then the significance of the word (how it changes over time and why it’s important to the novel). This half of the lesson can be completed individually or in small groups.

Next, pick one of the four words from the chart to analyze as a class; either write your own sample paragraph to do live modeling of writing, OR use the provided Sample Paragraph to critique the pros and cons and decide if it is effective.

Finally, students have been set up to write their OWN analytical paragraphs, with a provided rubric so you can formatively assess these quickly!

This 4-page download includes:
• the lesson handout itself (2 pages, can be copied front/back), and
• a 2-page answer key for the chart, including a sample paragraph.

Lessons aligns to the following CCSS ELA standards for grades 5-10: RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4

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