It turns out that the folks who said that students need to use context to read a word
correctly (also known as the three cueing system or MSV) were only 99.9% wrong. Probably even
more than that, but let’s move on.
There are some rare cases when you do need context to read an individual word correctly.
Heteronyms are when two (or more) words are spelled the same way, but have different pronunciations
Deb rode her
through the city.
As you can see, both pronunciations of each word can be explained using phonics, but the
reader will need context to know which version is correct. With some heteronyms the only
difference is which syllable is emphasized. With others the difference is greater.
Here are some more examples:
Tony has a charming little
Who would suspect that such a place could
so many secrets?
Tony set the
for the most ancient tomes deciphered.
his findings in his secret journal.
Healing powers are an
of unicorn horns.
this knowledge to an ancient Roman alchemist.
the burnt remains of the letter Tony tried to destroy.
Tomorrow, she will sneak into the laboratory to
his other notes.
the unicorn horns for her own use.
Most people don’t think this is
trickery to learn the location of the unicorn realm from Tony.
Deb will make
of the information to enter into the realm.
Deb convinced Tony to unlock the heavy
The map inside will
them to the unicorn realm.
Tony is guiding Deb through the
to the unicorn realm.
Deb plans to
Tony when he’s no longer useful to her.
Deb leans in
to whisper goodbye to Tony.
Then she will
the dungeon door on him.
Deb dreams of serving unicorn steaks at the
The guests will
each other to be first in line.
Does Deb know how to hunt unicorns?
Deb prepared by hunting does and stags.
Deb has brought a
for the unicorn king.
it during the ceremony at dusk.
before the Unicorn King.
Then she will pull out her
and shoot him with an arrow.
Tony feels the icy
blow through a grate in the floor.
Tony climbs into the twisting tunnel and will
his way out of the dungeon.
a piece of his shirt to bandage the unicorn king’s injury.
runs down the unicorn’s face.
the cloth around the injury.
of the unicorn realm is shocked.
Deb to a unicorn trial.
Deb for her crime.
She will be a
for the rest of her life.
for additional examples of heteronyms.