To analyze an author’s word choice, students need to understand each word’s connotation and denotation. The Connotation and Denotation lesson, for grades 4–8, will help your students identify a word’s connotation and denotation, as well as the effect word choice can have on a text. This lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions with excerpts from real books. The Connotation and Denotation lesson can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced. The lesson also includes a separate Answer Key PDF.