Using Context Clues with Homographs
Words that look the same but have different meanings in different contexts can be confusing to students. Sometimes, the homographs have different pronunciations, as well. In this practice, students will read a short story in which six pairs of homographs are missing. A word bank provides students with the six spellings of the twelve multiple-meaning words. Students can use the context clues embedded in the story to determine where the homographs need to be added to complete the story.
Most of the homographs and their meanings are probably familiar to students. A couple of the meanings might be unfamiliar to them, though. In that case, the teacher might need to allow students to collaborate and use their combined knowledge.
Supplemental Materials: An answer key that includes the correct placements of the homographs is included. In addition, the context clues for the homographs are highlighted in the answer key. A third page specifies the pronunciations, parts of speech, and definitions for the homographs as another teaching resource.
Susan Weaver Jones