VOICE OF LITERACY
Comprehension: Homonyms, riddles and world play
About the Podcast
- Became very interested in "knock, knock" jokes at a young age
- Metalinguistics (or the ability to manipulate language) became a main focus in determining whether or not it affects comprehension.
- "The man's nails were sharp." Two meanings: 1. nail as in a nail and hammer, 2. nail as in nails on a hand.
- "The girl tickled the baby with the stuffed bear." Who's holding the bear?
Educators, Parents and Policy Makers...Oh my!
A general rule for everyone:
- Teach how homonyms work then have students write and read their own riddles...do they make sense? If not, provide scaffolding.
- Make it FUN for them yet SIMPLE - it doesn't need to be a huge part of the lesson.
- Focus more on 3rd grade students and up - younger students don't quite understand.