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  Homonyms
Updated 29 April 2004, 13.41

Learning aims
  • Learn the term 'homonym', its meaning and some examples.

  • Write jokes based on homonyms.
Introduction
Read through the story:

Focus on the word "bark" in the story as an example of a homonym.

Explain that a homonym is a word that has the same spelling and pronunciation as another but with a different meaning.

Help the class find the four examples of homonyms in this news story:

  • break - to damage something / to take a rest

  • pupils - learners at school / a part of the eye

  • record - a music format / a written document

  • top - the uppermost part / an item of clothing

Give this example of a homonym being used in a joke:

"What kind of party do plumbers go to? A tap dance."

Main activity
Give out copies of this worksheet:

Have the class deduce the answers from the pairs of clues.

Answers for the worksheet:

  • row
  • hide
  • ring
  • mine
  • tap
  • cross
  • jam
  • bark
  • post
  • rock
  • plane
  • grave
  • mean
  • kind
  • fret
Extension activity
Find more homonyms and write definitions for the different meanings.

The class could write at least one joke each based on a homonym:

  • "Why did the skeleton feel embarrassed? Because he had made a grave mistake."

  • "Why did the cat come down from the tree? Because it saw the tree bark."

Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points and the class present their answers and share their jokes.
For all links and resources click at top right.


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