Voice of Literacy
Comprehension: Homonyms, riddles, and word play
- Metalinguistic Awareness: Ability to manipulate language or sounds in words
- Example: The man’s nails were sharp. (nail-homonym)
- Example: The girl tickled the baby with the stuffed bear (structural ambiguity-who has the bear)
- Conducted 2 hour study (4 30 min sessions) with 3rd graders focusing on homonyms, riddles, and jokes.
- Saw a significant increase in standardized test scores
- give explicit teaching of homonyms (example: watch)
- read riddles:
- Example: Why did the witch go to night school? She wanted to learn how to spell better.(lexical riddles-homonyms)
- Example: How do you stop a skunk from smelling? You hold his nose. (structural riddle)
- wrote own riddles:
- started with topic (baseball)
- brainstorm list of terms related
- look for homonyms
- Example: Where is the largest diamond in NYC? Yankee Stadium.