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1 Reading Resource Specialist Meeting, 2/23/11 Lori Canning, Elementary Reading Curriculum Specialist Broward County Schools Reading Resource Specialist Meeting, 2/23/11 Lori Canning, Elementary Reading Curriculum Specialist Broward County Schools Exploring Vocabulary with Greek and Latin Word Parts

2 The English Language has over 1,000,000 words Over 60% of the English language is derived from Latin or Greek. 90% of all English words that are three syllables or more are derived from Latin. In the sciences and technology, over 90% of the words are derived from Latin or Greek! A single Latin root can generate 5-20 English words. Learning Greek and Latin Roots can help readers understand new words. Why Study Greek and Latin Roots?

3 LA The student will use meaning of familiar roots and affixes derived from Greek and Latin to determine meanings of unfamiliar complex words. Why Study Greek and Latin Roots? LA The student will use meaning of familiar base words and affixes to determine meanings of unfamiliar complex words. Also assesses LA ✓ FCAT Tested Benchmark ✔ Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (Fifth Grade Only)

4 The student will identify familiar base words or Greek or Latin root words with prefixes and/or suffixes to determine the meanings of complex words in a text. Simple analysis and/or inference may be required. Grade-level appropriate texts should contain vocabulary for assessing prefixes (e.g., un-, pre-, dis-, con-, centi-, anti-, sub-, multi-, uni-, im-, de-, ex-, mis-, in-, non-), suffixes (e.g., -ful, -less, -ly, -or, -ious, -ion, -ment, -ist, -ible, -ian, -ness), roots, and base words. Test Specifications Clarification

5 Base Word: A complete word that can stand alone. Other words or word parts (affixes) can be added to base words to form new words (e.g., teach in reteach or teaching). Root Words: In the English language, many roots are derived from ancient Greek and Latin languages. A root is a word part that cannot stand by itself and must be combined with other word parts, such as prefixes and suffixes, in order to convey meaning. Knowing the meaning of a word’s root can help the reader determine the word’s meaning. Glossary Clarification Root Word? Base Word? Root Word? Base Word?

6 Read this quotation from the passage. “I am going to become malnourished,” Dad said. “My body is crying out for a tender tomato or some crisp green beans. And all I get is zucchini.” The origin of the word malnourished is the Latin root -nourish, meaning to feed. What does malnourished mean? A. to be underfed B. to eat until full C. to eat rich foods D. to be fed too much Sample Question: p. 96

7 Authentic Instruction Immersion in Language Time in Text (Read Alouds, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, READING!) Explicit Strategy Instruction Word Hunts in Text Spelling Connections Morphological Analysis Direct Teaching of Words

8 Cryptomania! Teleporting into Greek and Latin Roots with the CryptoKids By Edith Hope Fine (2004) “Knowing a little Greek And Latin is like wearing a secret decoder’s cape-you can work out the meanings of many English words you’ve never seen before.”

9 Latin Word Parts Aqua= water Agri=field Spec=see Pre=before Vascul=tube, vessel Dent=tooth Ped= foot Stella=star Aud=hear Terr=land Greek Word Parts Phile= one who loves Auto=self Photo=light Cardi=heart Cycl=wheel Bio=life Hydr=water Therm=heat Phone=sound Geo=Earth

10 Spec = See inspection spectacle respect spectator inspect spectrum specter disrespect speculate inspector spectacular Words “Grow” from Greek and Latin Root Words! Bear (2004), Words Their Way, p. 269

11 Unit 13

12 Democracy (People from District, Country, Land) Democrat, Endemic, Pandemic Communism (Common, Universal) Communicate, Commune, Commons, Community, Uncommon Prejudice (Decide) Adjudicate, Judgment, Judicial, Judge Athlete (Contest) Athletic, Biathlon, Triathlete, Victory (Conquer, Overcome) Convict, Convince, Evict, Conviction Biography (life) Biology, Antibiotic, Biosphere, Biodegradable Greek and Latin Roots are EVERYWHERE!

13 Online Word Dictionary: Quick Reference Guides for Teachers


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