Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I am to confused to stay hear

Write or Right or Reed or Read
By Melinda Harvey

Whose or who's
to, too or two

Do these homophones trick you?

Cell or sell?
Plumb or plum?

These tricky words make me feel dumb.

Board, not board
Leach, not leech

What on earth do those schools teach?

Aisle, I'll
you'll, yule

Not one of these follows the rule.

Carat, carrot
We'll, wheel

Now my writer's block is real!

Their, there and they're
read and red

I think I'll READ a book instead

     I can't help it...I am a teacher!  When I sit and ponder, looking for a topic, my brain always takes me to some idea that I can teach my fourth graders.  This poem actually came from a conversation with an adult friend.  After editing her text message, (see can edit EVERYTHING!)  my friend confided in me that too, to and two still confuse her.    I know that she is not alone.  Whether it is hard for you to remember which homophone to use or you just forget to use the correct form, these words can trip up the most advanced writer.  Check out the game at to get more practice in using the correct homophone.  In researching today's topic (see can research EVERYTHING!) I learned of other tricky words...oronyms.  I don't know if I can pull it off, but I hope to use some oronyms in a future post!
     As far as today's type of poem...I am tempted to call it free verse.  It doesn't follow a very specific pattern, but the rhyming words are consistent. After some more research, I classify today's form as a "rhyming  poem."  Who knew new noo knew!?


  1. Wow! Again, I am REALLY impressed with your poem, Melinda. This is great for the classroom and for getting your kids to connect to this information in a fun and poetic way that they might remember even better. Do these poems just "come to you?" or do you have to work to revise them? Very clever!! And I love your last sentence!!!

  2. Homophones always drive me batty too, Melinda. And I think that students will get a kick out of this one - the ending is great with that turn of "read" (rhyming with "red") into "read" (rhyming with "need").