Farewell Fine-Point Friend

Long-favored writing instrument Pilot Hi-Tec C Gel Ink .5mm Brown died mid-sentence May 15, 2012, in Ms. B’s hand as she was making yet another to-do list for her tremendously busy teenagers. Pilot Hi-Tec C .5mm Brown died of common exhaustion after a full life of service at Writing Foundations headquarters. A memorial service was held at the dining room table later that afternoon with Ms. B. and her 13 year old daughter in attendance.

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The Homophone Game

Here’s something for other writing teachers out there – a homophone game!

This game will work with 1 to however many students you have. One student might keep a tally of how many answers he gets right in a round. Multiple students can compete against each other, or you can use a group elimination approach as I describe below.

I was cleaning out my shelves and ran across Susan Anthony’s Spelling Homophone book and was looking through how I might use it in my classes next year. Some students really struggle with they’re/there/their, to/too/two, and your/you’re/yore, etc. mistakes, so instead of making a bunch of boring worksheet handouts, I thought of a game to play instead.

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