About This Chapter
Standard: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
About This Chapter
Students who master this standard will learn the difference between connotation and denotation. They will be given various examples of irony, including dramatic, verbal and situational irony. Individuals can study how figures of speech can be employed in different situations.
Lessons in the standard go over issues that include:
- Understanding and recognizing euphemisms
- Defining the different types of irony
- Interpreting figures of speech in context
- Comprehending the relationships between words
Students show mastery of the material in the standard when they can fully understand the use of figurative language in writing, looking at connotation, denotation and irony. They should be able to analyze the relationships of different words in a text in order to infer their meaning. Understanding figurative elements of writing can help prepare students for college-level reading assignments.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Some tips are presented below on how to employ these lessons to assist instruction in the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5 standard:
Figures of Speech Lessons
Instruct students to watch the lessons on figures of speech. Provide them with a passage containing euphemisms and puns, and have them interpret the meaning behind these samples.
Watch the lesson on irony as a class, then have a discussion about the difference between irony and sarcasm. Pass out different examples of irony and let students decide if the irony presented is dramatic, verbal or situational.
Word Relationship Lessons
Have students view the lesson on the relationships between words. Provide them with a set of words and their definitions, then have them figure out the meaning of similar words based on their relationship to each other.
1. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
2. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.
3. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context
Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.
4. Understanding Words By Their Relationships
Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.
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