How will you know if he took a bow after the play or took a bow off of the gift?

It's all about context. Homographs are one of those things that make you unhappy with the English language as a whole. When you come across two words that have different meanings, but are spelled the same; they are called homographs. Put yourself in the shoes of a person learning this language of ours and coming across a sentence like. "The lawyer did not object to his client holding the object that was used to commit the crime." I mean come on people, that's just annoying.

The following collection of activity sheets will teach your students how to spot and interpret homographs, those words that are spelled the same, but which are pronounced differently and have different definitions. Students will be asked to define highlighted words using sentence context clues, choose the correct definition for a selected word based on its use in a sentence, and more. Extra project idea: Have your students construct a Venn diagram with homographs on one side, homophones on the other, and homonyms in the middle.

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Print Homograph Worksheets

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Underlined Sentences

Write the meaning of each underlined word. Homographs can also sometimes be pronounced differently.

Choose the Correct Meaning

Choose the correct meaning for the word in each sentence.

Word Bubbles

Read the definitions. Choose the correct word from the Word Box to go with each set of definitions.

Using Context Clues

For example: bat (a piece of wood used to hit a ball) and bat (a flying, nocturnal rodent). Read each sentence. Choose the correct meaning for each word that you are presented with.

Context Clues

In the following sentences, underline the homograph that matches the meaning provided in italics after the sentences.

Homographs Puzzle

Identify a word for each set of meanings. Then use each word with the same meaning in a sentence to demonstrate each meaning.

Greek Roots

The Greek root word "homo" means "the same." The Greek root word "graph" means "write."

Underlining Sentences

The underlined word in each sentence is a homograph. On the first line, write the meaning of the underlined word as it is used in the sentence. On the second line, write one of the word's other meanings.

Name That Word

Now use the words that you identified to complete each sentence. On the line, indicate which meaning applies.

Synonym Sentence

Read each sentence. Then, on the line, write a synonym for the underlined word.

Backseat Writing

Write the meaning of the underlined homograph in each sentence.

Relationships between Words

Write the meaning of the underlined word in each sentence.

Two Sentences

Write two sentences that demonstrate two different meanings for each word.

Pairs of Words

For each homograph write two sentences, one that demonstrates each meaning of the word.

Homograph Challenge

For each word, write a sentence that incorporates both meanings it. Follow the example.