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Journal > Voices from the Middle
Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)
by Marilyn Bogusch Pryle
|Grades||5 – 9|
Argues that regular homophone practice enhances vocabulary knowledge, spelling skills, pronunciation ability, and overall reading proficiency. Describes how card games played with decks of homophones helped to accomplish these things. Notes particular benefits of homophone games to ESL students, and outlines key advantages of using the games.
Pryle, Marilyn Bogusch. "Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)." Voices from the Middle 7.4 (May 2000): 38-43.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
Students increase their spelling accuracy and retention, while preserving fluency, by using sound, sight recall, and analyzing strategies instead of memorizing words, as they deal with spelling during drafting.