Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Wordy Wednesday: Conscience vs Conscious
I try to use mnemonics, tricks, songs, and jingles to teach parts of speech, homophones, and any other grammar and usage tips that I can. Students (of all ages, including adults!) often remember usage better when a trick or tip is applied.
One of my students' favorite tricks is for the confusing word pair (sometimes considered homophones, though they do have slightly different pronunciations) conscience/conscious:
The student's conscience bothered him because he tried to con the science teacher.
He wasn't conscious enough to enjoy the delicious treat.
In today's assignment, my students had to write sentences using conscience and conscious (one sentence each). My amazingly clever students had fun with this! Three of them used both words in one sentence and included the "trick" in that sentence too!
1. I conned the science teacher while I was conscious, and my conscience bothered me.
2. He wasn't conscious of the fact that he conned the science teacher; once he realized he had, his conscience bothered him.
3. He had a guilty conscience after he consciously conned the science teacher.