This is a detailed, image-rich, animated, seventy eight-slide PowerPoint on etymology. Feel free to use it as is or edit it to suit your needs.
It's divided into several parts:
Notes for the teacher
An Anticipatory activity to get students interested in the topic and draw on prior knowledge
The Greek and Roman Empire and how they form the base of many English words
The Mythological Origins of English words
How to Interpret Etymological Entries in Dictionaries.
An Etymology Scavenger Hunt Activity
There two quizzes at different intervals throughout the presentation. Answer keys are included.
The presentation is designed with note-taking in mind. It includes an anticipatory set, lecture and notes section, a fun guided-practice activity, and a quiz. The PowerPoint is also scaffolded, meaning it is designed to accommodate special needs and learning modalities, and EL students.
The PowerPoint first introduces students to the Greek and Latin origins of words, via Athenian Greece and the Roman Empire. Those early civilizations and their influence on English is examined.
After a quiz on part one, students learn about the mythological origins of words through the story of the mythic Greek lovers Echo and Narcissus.
The PowerPoint is 100% editable. You can change it to suit your needs.
7th and 8th Grade
Consult general and specialized reference
materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries,
thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify
its precise meaning or its part of speech or
trace the etymology of words.
9th to 12th Grades
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., college-level dictionaries, rhyming dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, glossaries,
thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology.
Created by Steve Gipson