Ms. Grigg’s Title I fifth graders at St. Mary Catholic School have combined a writing activity with a grammar study. They are the authors of homophone and homograph stories.
The students have been learning about how to build a story for the last few weeks.
In their grammar study, they are learning about
- homophones and
The students read books that highlight homophones and homographs. For example, they read:
- Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta and
- There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins.
Working in pairs, each student first wrote one paragraph of a story that could be on any topic. The story, however, had to contain two homographs/homophones.
Then for the next class period, Ms. Grigg switched the story: Without talking to each other the students, each child had to use the story threads left by the previous author. They also had to remember what part of the story they were writing (by following the story map) and continue and end the story.
Next, the fifth graders added homophone/homograph definitions and examples as well as the story map to the “Notes” section of their journals.
Each student self edited the work, and then a peer edited the work. Finally, the students re-copied the final copies of their homophone and homograph stories, thus following the guide for our writing process.