Homonyms / Figures of Speech

by Mrs. S. on September 27, 2009

in Literacy

This week we discussed homonyms and figures of speech. A homonym is a word that sounds the same and may be spelled the same, but has a different meaning based on the context it is used in. For example, hair and hare sound the same but mean two different things, one is what you comb each day and the other is a rabbit. They can even have the same spelling like bark (the sound a dog makes) and bark (what is found on a tree) . We can build a list of these for our class. In the meantime, if you like games, you can take a quiz at this link. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/english/homonyms/

A figure of speech is something that people say that is figurative¬†(not something to be taken literally ). For instance, we tell an actor before a performance to “break a leg” we don’t really want to cripple him. When we use that phrase it means to have a great show. The class came up with some other examples like : bouncing off the walls, driving me crazy etc. Lets make list of these words too. They will help us with our writing and in our blog posts.

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