Determining the Meaning of Words:

Figurative, Connotative, and Technical Meanings

Resources for Figurative Language

Step 1: Introduction

1. Click on this link

2. Make sure you read the entire first page of the link to give you background information on what figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

3. Optional: word on links at the bottom with a friend to practice. You could always come back to these practice links!

Step 2: Note-taking

Use this slide share to fill in the graphic organizer

You can use other resources on this flyer to fill in your organizer.

Videos, games, and songs

Connotation/Denotation Video

Enjoy this video that uses the music from a One Direction song!

Figurative Language Video

Connotation and Denotation Rap/Video

Watch the Rap/Video

With a partner, see if you can fill in the blanks to this activity.


Figurative Language Bingo

Read the directions

Use this Bingo board

Matching Game

1. Print off the following worksheet

2. Cut out the squares

3. Lay them upside down on a flat surface

4. Turn one over at a time and determine whether the sentences has an example of a simile, metaphor, personification or hyperbole.

5. If you get it correct, keep the card.

6. If you are incorrect, turn the card over.

Connotation Practice

Fill in the blank with the correct connotation to complete each sentence.

Practice link

Denotation vs. Connotation

Miscellaneous Games