Mastering Homonyms

Contributor: Dru Cartier. Lesson ID: 13696

Need a little help with your homonym skills? Then you should check out this lesson on homographs and homophones. It might just change your life!


Grammar, Writing

English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Knowing your grammar and word usage with total confidence gives you piece of mind, right?

I certainly hope not!

exploding brain

Keep all the pieces of your mind in one piece, for everyone's peace and happiness! Please!

  • See what happened there?

In one quick grammar slip, you started dividing up your brain! That's probably not the best idea…

If you truly want peace of mind when it comes to your grammar and word usage, then this homonym lesson is for you!

Piece and peace are homonyms.

  • What are homonyms?

Watch the video below for a fun introduction.

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Homonyms include both homographs AND homophones.

It's like calling a verb or noun a word. Whether a verb or a noun, it is still a word. Whether it is a homograph or homophone, it is still a homonym.

Homographs are words with the same spelling but multiple meanings.

  homograph meaning homograph meaning
  • duck
squat down
  • duck
  • bat
stick to hit ball
  • bat
flying animal
  • cool
  • cool
  • fall
  • fall
the action


Homophones are words that have the same sounds but different spellings and meanings.

  homophone meaning homophone meaning
  • write
a letter
  • right
  • seam
in sewing
  • seem
to appear
  • profit
  • prophet
  • scene
  • seen


Before going too far, examine your understanding of homographs and homophones.

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The sentence below contains two HOMOGRAPHS. Remember, those words sound AND are spelled the same BUT have multiple meanings.

Choose the correct meaning for each homograph.

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So, homographs sound alike AND are spelled the same BUT have different meanings. And homophones are words that also sound alike but are NOT spelled the same, AND they also have different meanings.

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I don't know about you, but the whole thing sounds confusing.

  • Right?

It might be simpler to learn than you think. That sentence even uses a homograph.

  • Can you guess which word it is?

Well can be a deep hole where you pull water up with a bucket, or it can be used as an exclamation, as you see here, or it can mean a state of being, such as asking someone if they feel well.

There's even a homophone in the sentence before that. There are homonyms everywhere!

Move on to the Got It? section to practice identifying and using homographs and homophones in real-life situations.

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