Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Back to Basics

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Back to Basics

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The English language is packed with words that sound the same but mean entirely different things. This selection of resources will help students to navigate some of the most tricky homophones

1 Hear, here

What is it? A game that challenges students to identify homophones while a passage is read aloud

What users say "Great idea - I have done the same with a punctuation task."

bit.ly/HearingHomophones

2 Penned up

What is it? In this team activity, students take part in a "pen relay" to circle the correct "it's" or "its"

What users say "A simple sheet that is great for a grammar starter."

bit.ly/PennedUp

3 Sound strategy

What is it? Detailed planning for a half-term literacy unit on homophones

What users say "Just want to say a really big thank you as this has helped us loads. Didn't know where to start so having your model has been fab."

bit.ly/SoundStrategy

4 Nifty mnemonics

What is it? Display posters defining the correct use of homophones, with written examples, visual aids and mnemonics

What users say "Bright and bold - different to the most common poster styles. Like it."

bit.ly/NiftyMnemonics

5 In your dreams

What is it? A short story called The Dream was the Same Every Night is full of homophones for students to identify

What users say "Love resources that come with an answer key! …

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