Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Homographs

Grade Level: 5

Objective: Analysis, Critical thinking

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.5.C

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 for homographs.

Comic 1

Same but Different - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Same but Different - Exemplar comic, panel 2

Comic 2

Same but Different - Exemplar comic #2, panel 1 Same but Different - Exemplar comic #2, panel 2


  • Read and discuss Homograph 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 Example Homograph 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? 

  • Discuss with students that sometimes homographs also have different pronunciations also such as: moped, evening, bass, etc.

  • Have students brainstorm other homographs they have come across.


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

  • Place the cards in a container of some kind. 

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


  • Project and share the created homograph comics. 

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


  • Provide students with a print out of example comic.

  • Allow students to use speech-to-text as needed.

  • Provide students with sentence frames as needed. 

  • Enrichment activity: allow students to think of their own homographs to illustrate in their comic.

Resources: Comic for print or display: Homograph Comic #1

Comic for print or display: Homograph Comic #2

Homograph Cards