6th Grade Language Arts Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

In this lesson, students will learn the difference between denotations and connotations. Students will watch a video, answer discussion prompts, complete a quiz and participate in an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define and identify ''denotation''
  • Explain connotation and its impact on the recipient
  • Analyze phrases to determine their literal and implied meaning


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.


Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.


Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.



  • Begin by asking students to define ''young.''
  • Allow students to share their responses.
  • Now, ask students to discuss how ''youthful'' and ''childish'' relate to the term ''young'' from a positive and negative perspective.
  • Explain that ''youthful'' identifies with positivity, but ''childish'' describes youthfulness negatively.
  • Tell students that this lesson further explains this concept.
  • Distribute the What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples lesson. Start the video, then pause at 3:18 and pose these discussion points:
    • Describe how the name ''Sistrunk'' has positive and negative meanings.
    • Define ''denotation.''
    • What is connotation?
    • Explain how communication lines are sometimes blurred with denotation and connotation.
  • Now, resume the video and play until the end.
  • Ask students to explain the denotation and connotation of these phrases:
    • ''On the other side of the railroad tracks''
    • ''Walk the line''
    • ''Sweet as a rose''
  • For a collaborative component, partner students to share their ideas.
  • Now, distribute the lesson quiz and ask students to complete independently.
  • Review the answers and correct any misconceptions.

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