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Greek and Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary

Greek and Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary


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Enhance instruction with an in-depth understanding of how to incorporate word roots into vocabulary lessons in all content areas. Suitable for K-12 teachers, this book provides the latest research on strategies, ideas, and resources for teaching Greek and Latin roots including prefixes, suffixes, and bases to help learners develop vocabulary, improve their comprehension, and ultimately read more effectively. Ideas on how to plan and adapt vocabulary instruction for English language learners are also included to help achieve successful results in diverse classrooms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781425804725
Publisher: Shell Education
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: Building Vocabulary
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 115,806
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword     7
Introduction     9
Teaching Vocabulary: What Does the Research Say?     11
Importance of Vocabulary in Literacy Development     13
The "Roots Advantage"     16
Five Principles for World Learning     18
Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners     22
A Root Awakening     25
What Is a Root?     25
Why Teach Roots?     28
Increasing Word Awareness     30
The Three Kinds of Roots     32
What Does a Base Do?     33
What Does a Prefix Do?     34
What Does a Suffix Do?     36
Planning Vocabulary Instruction     39
Instructional Planning: The Basics     39
Recommendations for Instructional Routines     41
Differentiating Instruction     46
Vocabulary Assessment     49
Getting into Words: A Developmental Look at Vocabulary Instruction     53
Compound Words     54
Negating Words with Prefixes     57
Some Directional Prefixes     58
Word Composition     59
What Are Students Learning?     60
Some Easy Suffixes     61
Back to"Basics"     64
"Metaphors Be with You": Helping Students with Figurative Meaning     65
A Coherent Pedagogy     70
Vocabulary Practice Activities     75
Word Spokes     77
Odd Word Out     79
Word Theater     81
Wordo     83
20 Questions     84
Root Word Riddles     86
Card Games     87
Word Puzzles     90
Cloze     90
Scattergories     92
Word Sorts     94
From the Classroom: Roots in Action     97
Root of the Week     97
Root Word of the Day     99
Realia and Children's Literature     100
Writing an Exciting Story     101
Roots Day     103
Cognate Connections     106
Flexing with Word Parts: Some Strategies     109
Word Comprehension: Start with the Base, Not with the Prefix     110
Multiple Forms of Bases: Look for Core Meaning     114
Double Consonants Within a Word: Teaching Assimilation     116
Make It as Easy as 1-2-3     120
How to Divide and Conquer Words with Two Prefixes     124
Digging into Dictionaries      127
Exploring Etymology     127
Choosing and Using Dictionaries     135
A Brief History of English     141
The Romano-Celtic Period: 55 B.C.-A.D. 410     143
Old English: 450-1066     146
Middle English: 1066-1500     149
Modern English: 1550-present     152
The New World: English on the Move     155
Conclusion: Learning English Today- The Lessons of History     156
Appendices     159
Resources for Students     159
Resources for Teachers     163
Commonly Taught Roots     173
Beyond Latin and Greek     189
Professional Development Ideas     193
Glossary     199
References Cited     201

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