Saturday, October 25, 2008

Lesson Plan: Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms

Focus Statement:

The students will learn about homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms in this lesson. The mastery of such words will aid in the reading and writing skills of the student. The student will learn the definitions and be provided with examples for each term. Knowing the synonyms, antonyms and homonyms of words will enhance the writing of students; they will have several word options to choose from that will correspond to the style of writing that they are creating. With their building vocabulary students writing samples will be higher end and much more intellectual works.

Theme and Thinking Skill:

The student will implement and understand the art of using better word choices in their writing samples and projects.


The student will be able to replace small words with higher level vocabulary
The student will be able to give the definition of each “nym”
The student will be able to give the antonym, synonym, or homonym for any given word in a reading or writing assignment


Standard 1: the student uses the reading process effectively.

Standard 1: the student uses the writing processes effectively.
Standard 2: the student writes to communicate ideas and information effectively.

Standard 2: the student understands the power of language.


1. Question Posed to the class; do you know what the nyms are?
2. after initial question a lecture will be taught on the definitions of synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and examples will be given.
3. a class assignment will be given and will be completed as a group
4. final wrap up questions will be posed
5. a homework assignment will be given on the newly presented materials.

Quiz on definitions and examples of homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms

Hand out

***example of handout***

Name: ____________________________

Directions: Look at the 2 words and decide if they are synonyms or
antonyms. Write the correct answer on the line.

1. accept, refuse 2. blend, combine
_____________________ ______________________
3. dare, challenge 4. borrow, lend
_____________________ ______________________
5. succeed, fail 6. innocent, guilty
_____________________ ______________________
7. argument, dispute 8. observe, notice
_______________ ______ ______________________
9. permanent, temporary 10. offer, proposal
_____________________ ______________________
11. simple, complicated 12. lucky, fortunate
_____________________ ______________________
13. impatient, anxious 14. poverty, wealth
_____________________ ______________________
15. majority, minority 16. estimate, guess
_____________________ ______________________
17. join, separate 18. increase, decrease
_____________________ ______________________

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