Commonly Confused Words #1, Homophones, Slides + Note-Keeping Sheets CCSS

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
Resource Type
Formats Included
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54 slides in uneditable Powerpoint & PDF; 24 pages PDF of note-taking sheets
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Laura Randazzo


Use these beautiful bell-ringer slides to grab your students’ attention at the beginning of class and teach them the right way to use 18 commonly confused word pairs/homophones. Each weekly lesson includes a photo slide prompting students to write a word usage rule (a great way to let you catch your breath and take attendance while they jot down notes) and then apply that rule to three different sentences. An answer key on a separate slide is also included with each week’s lesson.

In addition to the three slide set for each Commonly Confused Words lesson (click the “Preview” button above: one slide has the photo and word usage rule; the next slide has three sentences for students to fix; the final slide is the answer key), you’ll also receive note-taking support handouts. One option is a note organizer for students to keep as ongoing lesson notes in their binders or interactive notebooks. A second option allows you to hand out a note-taking slip for students to complete and turn in to you for each session. (The second option could also work as a short reinforcement task later in the week or as a mini-quiz.)

This set was designed for grades 6-8, but would also work well for advanced English Language Learners/English as a Second Language students.

The commonly confused words/misused words in this Vol. 1 set of 18 bell-ringer lessons include:



















Looking for another semester of these bell-ringers? Click here Volume #2 of Commonly Confused Words/Homophones.

Update: Volumes #1 and #2 have been so popular that teachers asked for more. Your wish is my command! Click here for Commonly Confused Words Volume #3 and here for Commonly Confused Words Volume #4.

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NOTE: This item is also included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Total Pages
54 slides in uneditable Powerpoint & PDF; 24 pages PDF of note-taking sheets
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Semester
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others’ writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Spell correctly.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.


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