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Connotations with Car Names

Connotations with Car Names

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Popular Car Names from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and Today

Directions: The following lists of car names are among some of the most popular models from each decade. For each list you will select 1 car name and answer the following questions, in complete sentences, for each oneona separate sheet of paper. When this assignment is completed you should have 5 sets of answered questions, which means a paper with 15 complete sentences on it.

  • What kind of performance can you expect from this car based on the name?
  • Who might you expect to buy this car and why based on the name?
  • How is this name effective in evoking powerful associations for certain types of buyers?


  • Thunderbird
  • Falcon
  • Charger
  • Comet
  • Mustang
  • Barracuda


  • Rabbit
  • Pinto
  • Colt
  • Civic
  • Starlet
  • Gremlin


  • Midget
  • DeLorean
  • Quattro
  • 5th Avenue
  • Spirit
  • Vandura


  • Miata
  • 3Z
  • Silverado
  • 5Runner
  • Spyder


  • Pilot
  • Sierra
  • Solara
  • Caravan
  • Eclipse
  • Avalanche

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This is a sentence writing activity for higher level English Learners. Students look at car names from the past 5 decades, analyze the names, and write sentences answering questions about the emotions related to those names and the types of people who might buy those cars. It's a great introduction to a lesson on denotation and connotation. It's also great practice for syntactically complex sentences if you're a teacher from CA and your students take the CELDT.

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