Daily Archives: May 9, 2008

Teaching Denotation & Connotation – Part I

One of the first sets of literary devices I teach at any level is connotation and denotation. These are two of the most basic diction analysis techniques for students to learn since they are wide-reaching and allow students to discover tone, mood, inferences, and more. Denotation (the primary definition of a word) and connotation (the associated or secondary meaning of a word) are gateways to more in-depth analyses. They are what I call gateway devices. Continue reading