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Commonly Misused Words
Affect or effect? Ensure, insure or assure? Here’s a presentation that focuses on commonly misused words that sound similar yet have different spelling and meanings. The homonyms are defined and then examples are presented. Consider augmenting the presentation with a practice exercise.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Learning English: Level C Lesson 82
Examine word choice with your British English speakers. There are 20 example sentences to look at, and individuals must determine which of four choices best fits in the sentence. I wouldn't recommend this worksheet for American English users, as our sentence construction and word choice varies slightly.
3rd - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Proofreading: Lesson 4
Examine the key strategies to proofreading a piece of writing for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics and spelling. Eighth graders practice putting into correct passage commonly confused words (too, two, to) when writing to a particular audience.
8th English Language Arts
Don't Forget to Say Thanks
Students practice descriptive writing in a thank-you note format. In this descriptive writing lesson, students read the example letter and analyze the corrections in the letter. Students read the example thank you notes and focus on the courteous manner in the writing.
9th - 11th English Language Arts
Spelling Practice: Upper Elementary
Spelling work for 3rd graders includes grade-level vocabulary and homophones tail/tale; their/there/they're; and our/hour. Practice opportunities include flashcards, drawing pictures, anagrams, copying, and 15 generic vocabulary and spelling activities from which to choose.
3rd English Language Arts
Word Walls for Primary Grades
Every elementary classroom should have a word wall! It reinforces new vocabulary words and their correct spelling! The teacher is given a daily word wall routine that has learners read, chant, and write words. Rhyme and vocabulary activities provide further practice for your youngsters.
K - 3rd English Language Arts
Vocabulary Study: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Come, see, conquer the language in Julius Caesar with a resource that lists the SAT words that appear in Shakespeare’s play. Templates provide definitions and derivations, as well as famous lines. The packet also includes an AP style writing prompt.
9th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Phonemic Awareness
Start beginning readers on a path toward fluency with the help of this phonemic awareness resource. Taken from a larger comprehensive literacy program, these sample materials and lessons support children as they learn to recognize rhyming words, and isolate and blend phonemes in simple words.
Pre-K - 1st English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Making Sense of Homographs
What is a homograph? Develop your students' vocabulary with a word association tool. Language arts classes discover what a homograph is and how it can be used as a visual thesaurus. They discover the other uses for homographs such as linking brainstorming ideas to a subject.
3rd - 12th English Language Arts
Homophones/Homonyms and Commonly Misused Words
Wait, should I use its or it's? What about their, there, or they're? Here is the comprehensive packet you've been looking for! All of the tricky homonyms and homophones are detailed here, the only problem is that they're not defined. After defining and familiarizing the words with your class, provide this packet as practice.
6th - 9th English Language Arts
When is a Noun a Verb? Examining Double Duty Words
Act and act, address and address...there are so many words in our dictionary that can function as nouns or verbs. Start this lesson by having your class list as many as they possibly can. When an adequate list presents itself, have your class members write sentences with a couple of them, using them as both a verb and a noun.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Salinger and the Vocabulary of the Vernacular
Writers explore vocabulary and expressions used in the English language. They use visual word maps to become aware of the different uses of words which will allow them to more readily interpret texts. Then they listen to/read excerpts from The Catcher in the Rye and analyze slang terminology.
5th - 12th English Language Arts
What's the Difference?
In this advanced ESL conversation learning exercise, students analyze 24 pairs of easily confused words such as: borrow/lend, watch/see and job/career. Students pick up a card with a word pair and tell the group what the difference is between the words.
12th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Home Spelling Practice: Frequently Misspelled Words
There are so many tricky words in the English language, and their pronunciation defies their spelling! Present your class with this list of 20 commonly misspelled words. They will rewrite the word and complete a coloring activity that brings to light the issue of pronunciation.
4th - 5th English Language Arts