Word Meaning


8.R.4L Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a literary text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

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In this lesson, students will study the different techniques and devices that authors use to establish the tone of literary pieces. They will be able to identify figurative language, alliterations, and rhyme in poems and nonfiction writings. They will also understand what is the difference of the denotation and connotation of words and their effect in a piece of writing.

Throughout this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • determine how the author's use of words and phrases controls the meaning/tone of the text;
  • explain how the author's use of figurative language further illustrates/expands the purpose and meaning of the text;
  • explain how the author's use of connotative meanings conveys the author's stance within a text;
  • determine how rhymes and alliterations impact (e.g., unify thoughts, create verbal appeal, or emphasize specific words) in verses or stanzas of a poem, or selections of a story or drama.

This lesson’s content is of high educational quality. It is designed with a model of a conceptualization, definitions, examples, practice exercises and test with different levels of complexity. In addition, it includes rubrics for an objective evaluation.


20 items in example section

55 items in exercise practice

41 items in test

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