Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Homographs

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will learn about homographs and create their own comics to illustrate common homographs.

Know Before You Start: This is an introductory lesson about homographs.

Comic 1

Comic 2


  • Read and discuss sample Comic 1.

    • How was the word “bat” used differently in each panel?

    • What context clues helped you determine the meanings of both words?

    • How did the comic help illustrate the meanings of both words? 

  • Share sample Comic 2 with the class. 

  • Ask students to discuss with a partner the meanings of the word “waves” as used in the comic.

    • What context clues were used to determine the meanings of the words? 

  • Explain to students that sometimes homographs have different pronunciations as well, e.g., moped, evening, bass, etc.

  • Have students brainstorm other homographs.


  • Print and cut apart the homograph pairs provided or create your own. 

  • Place the cards in a container. 

  • Ask students to pull a homograph card from the container and illustrate the pair of homographs in a comic.


  • Project and share the completed comics. 

  • Discuss how context clues are used to determine the meaning of both words.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Provide students with a printed copy of the sample comic.

  • Provide students with sentence frames as needed. 

  • Allow students to choose their own homographs to illustrate in their comic.