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Telling Jokes With Homonyms

Telling Jokes With Homonyms

Students learn about homonyms, homographs, and homophones. They make jokes using the homonyms with a partner.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Warmer

Grammar:  Homonyms

Time:  30 minutes

Preparation

  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Write the explanation on the board:

Homonyms: Words that have the same pronunciation but a different meaning.

  1. Homographs: The words have the same spelling (e.g., to play, a play).
  2. Homophones: The words have a different spelling (e.g., son, sun).

 

Procedure

1

Give each student a Handout.

2

Put students into pairs. Ask them to review the homonyms and choose one from the list.

3

The students’ task is to create a joke using the homonym.


For example:

A: What does your sister do?

B: She was a doctor, but she quit.

A: Why did she quit?

B: Because she didn’t have the patients/patience.

4

Ask the pairs of students to present their jokes to the class. Ask the other students to point out the homonym and explain the reason the joke is funny.

Notes:

See Lessons with laughter and Fun Class Activities, Book 2 for more homonyms worksheets.

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