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Homophone Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this Study.com lesson to teach your students about homophones. Define the term, list examples, and have students play a game to strengthen understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the term 'homophone'
  • give examples of homophones
  • recognize and discern homophones in text

Length:

  • 1 hour

Materials

  • Index cards

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.1.b

Resolve issues of complex or contested usage, consulting references (e.g., Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, Garner's Modern American Usage) as needed.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Instructions

Preparation

  • Before teaching, gather index cards and a timer.
  • Write homophone pairs on index cards, then cut in half so only one word is on a card. Each of your students will need one card.

Lesson

  • Begin by writing the following sentence on the board: ''Their are three things wrong with these sentences. Raise you're hand when you sea them.''
  • Have students find answers, then discuss and define the term 'homophone'.
  • As a class, read our Study.com lesson What Is a Homophone?-Definition & Examples. Ask:
    • Where do we see homophones in print?
    • Why is learning homophones important?
    • What strategies have you developed to help remember confusing homophones?

Activity

  • Partner students by handing out homophone cards and having them find their homophone pair.
  • Ask partner pairs to brainstorm as many homophones as they can in ten minutes.
  • Circulate the room to clarify understanding.
  • After ten minutes, share answers. Create a master homophone word list and transfer each word to an index card.
  • Partners will now play a guessing game with the homophones on index cards. Choose a partner pair to begin. Give Partner 1 the index cards with homophones; Partner 2 is the guesser.
  • Explain that Partner 1 has one minute to give verbal clues to Partner 2, who has to guess and correctly spell the word. For example, if the word is 'meat', Partner 1 can say 'You may have this on a sandwich.' Partner 2 guesses 'meat', saying and spelling the answer.
  • Continue to play the game with all partner pairs in a friendly competition.

Extensions

  • Have students create their own sentences with incorrect homophones, then switch papers and identify.
  • Show students how to use dictionaries and other resources to determine the correct definitions of homophones.
  • Create a homophone poster. When students come across homophones in print, have them write the word on a sticky note and add it to the poster.

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