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.
Next the sixth and seventh graders read books that featured homophones and homographs.
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.
Using the writing process, the students first self edited the work and then peer edited the work.
To complete the task, students produced the final copies of their homograph and homophone stories.
The Story of Bat Man
The Lucky Pen
The Bat Who Liked To Mettle