Ms. Grigg’s sixth and seventh grade students in her Title I class Al Madina School in Richmond combined the skills of story writing and using homophones and homographs correctly. They are learning to build homograph-homophone stories.

Homographs are words that are

  • spelled  the same,
  • may or may not be pronounced the same, and
  • have different meanings .

Homophones are words that are

  • pronounced the same, but
  • have  different meanings  or spellings.


First, student learned how to build a story.

How to Build a Story


Next the sixth and seventh graders read books that featured homophones and homographs.

Homophone and Homograph books

These books included There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins and Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta.


Then three sixth graders worked together and pairs of seventh graders worked together to write stories using the story map above, To Build a Story. Each story included multiple homophones and homographs. Here are their first drafts of their homograph-homophone stories.

First Drafts of Homophone-Homograph Stories


Using the writing process, the students first self edited the work and then peer edited the work.

Edited Drafts


To complete the task, students produced the final copies of their homograph and homophone stories.


The Story of Bat Man


The Story of Bat Man



The Lucky Pen

writing pen and dog pen
The Lucky Pen



The Bat Who Liked To Mettle
to and two

The Bat Who Liked to Mettle

park the car and playground park