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Homophones and Debating Tones August 29, 2006

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC 2006 Classwork Archives.
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THERE ARE TWO TASKS FOR TODAY, HERE’S THE FIRST:

Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings, e.g.flower and flour.
Just as with Silent Letters, you’ll need to learn these words as there are no spelling rules to help you remember them.

Here is a list of common homophones.

Homophones Examples
allowed
aloud
You are not allowed to smoke until you are 16.
She spoke her thoughts aloud (to say something so it can be heard).
bear
bare
A bear is a large furry animal.
She walked on the beach with bare feet.
bored
board
To be bored is to have lost interest in something.
A board is a flat piece of wood.
break
brake
If you break something you damage it.
When you brake the car slows down.
caught
court
He caught a large fish.
You play tennis on a tennis court.
check
cheque
Did you check that the door is locked?
You can write a cheque to pay your bills.
find
fined
I can’t find my socks.
She was fined $40 for driving too fast on the freeway.
flower
flour
A daffodil or a rose is a flower.
You need some flour to make the birthday cake.
hair
hare
She has really long hair.
A hare is an animal like a rabbit.
here
hear
Please come over here.
Can you hear that noise?
heal
heel
His leg is broken, but it will heal (get better).
Your heel is at the back of your foot.
hire
higher
When we go to Spain we’ll hire a car.
The mountain was higher than the clouds.
hour
our
There are 60 minutes in an hour.
This is our house.
maid
made
The maid cleaned all of the 15 rooms.
I made the bed this morning.
new
knew
I spilt wine on my brand new shirt.
I knew the answers to all the questions.
one
won
There was only one piece of birthday cake left.
She won the running race.
pear
pair
I ate a pear and a banana for breakfast.
I won the card game with a pair of aces.
piece
peace
I ate a very large piece of pie.
He went on an march for world peace.
plain
plane
I painted over the wallpaper in a plain colour.
The plane landed late because of heavy fog.
pour
poor
paw
Can you please pour some milk on my cereal.
He grew up in a poor neighbourhood.
The cat hurt his paw in a fight.
saw
sore
He cut the tree down with a saw.
His ankle was sore after he fell over.
see
sea
She couldn’t see without her glasses.
I went swimming in the sea while on holiday.
shore
sure
She built a sandcastle by the shore.
I’m sure that I turned the oven off. (to be absolutely certain)
sight
site
Don’t let the children out of your sight.
There were four cranes on the building site.
stairs
stares
She ran down the stairs to answer the phone.
He stares out of the window at the neighbours.
steal
steel
The thief got caught trying to steal the diamond.
The buildings were made of steel and glass.
they’re
their
there
They’re is a shorter way to say they are.
It was their dog that bit the postman.
The supermarket is over there.
through
threw
I walked through the door into the room.
She threw the ball a long way.
to
too
two
He isn’t going to work today.
Too is another way to say as well.
Two is the number between one and three.
waste
waist
Waiting for the wrong train was a waste of time.
Her old dress was a bit tight around the waist.
week
weak
A week is seven days long.
He was too weak to lift the heavy box.
where
wear
Where are you going tonight?
Which tee-shirt are you going to wear out?
whether
weather
I’m not sure whether to phone her or not.
Sun, rain, wind and snow are types of weather.
which
witch
Which ice cream would you like?
The witch was seen flying on a broomstick.
whole
hole
Two halves make a whole.
There was a hole in his sock.
worn
warn
I am tired and worn out.
He tried to warn her about the wet floor.
would
wood
Would you like a drink?.
Wood comes from trees.
write
right
I must write a letter to my friend soon.
Right is the opposite of left.

a) Now write a post on your blog. It can be about anything you like – you might want to try writing a quick poem – but it must include 5 pairs of homophones. Good luck!

b) Once you’ve done this, complete the 3rd Level of the game here

YOU’RE NOW READY TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT TASK. HERE IT IS:

Use the rest of this period to make sure that both your Holes talk and Debating notes are ready. You might want to use some of the time to talk with your Debating group about the research you’ve done into your topic. What will your main arguments be? What do you think the opposition might use as their main argument?

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[…] 1) Homophones: These are words that sound the same but are spelled differently. It’s easy to get these mixed up when you’re writing, even if you know what you should be writing. There’s a complete list of them here: Homophones eg. witch/witch there/their/they’re to/too/two (also make sure you’re not mixing up off and of.) […]


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