Made for grades 7-12, this no frills, whole year lesson bundle eliminates all of the distracting cutesy clipart and overly pretty fonts that junior high and high school kids could care less about, and presents 16 unit lists in a straight forward manner that is easy to read and/or copy and paste into Google Classroom.
IN THIS BUNDLE:
*8 pages containing 16 separate units of word parts (10 per unit/160 total), commonly misused words (8 per unit/128 total), and spelling words (5 per unit/80 total)
*A sample schedule of how I’ve used these units in my classroom
*2 worksheet pages to copy back-to-back for use during week one
*2 worksheet pages to copy back-to-back for use during week two
*2-page tests to copy back-to-back for each of the 16 units
While specific vocabulary lessons are important, teaching kids the most commonly utilized Greek and Latin word parts will help them analyze words for the rest of their school years. This bundle has combined 160 of the most commonly seen prefixes, roots, and suffixes in the English language (both in their original prefix, root, and suffix form and integrated into a spelling list format), and 128 troublesome homophones that are broken down into 16 easy units to use over the course of your school year (8 units per semester, or 4 units per quarter). Each unit takes 2 weeks to complete from initial list assignment to final test date.
Each unit has 3 components: 10 word parts, 8 commonly misused words, and 5 spelling words. Again, the 10 word parts come from the most commonly seen Greek and Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes in the English language. The commonly misused word section explores homophones that students have trouble differentiating. Finally, the spelling section takes 5 of the prefixes, roots, and/or suffixes from each unit and puts them into words that students should be able to define based upon the word part definitions. It’s an easy way for students to see how word parts are used in real words and to help strengthen their vocabulary.
These units have been used two-ways: as a homework only based lesson, or as an in-class only lesson. I have provided a sample calendar to help you visualize how the units could be used in your classroom.
While a majority of school districts are looking to go “all digital,” I’ve chosen to keep the tests in a fill-in-the-blank style paper format to help document actual student mastery, instead of simplistic multiple choice “guessing” tests. In my 13+ years of teaching, I have found that when it comes to vocabulary retention that multiple choice tests have not served my students well when it came to long-term memorization. I grade one point per blank in order for students to earn the maximum points they possible can while making mistakes, but feel free to alter your points as you see fit. In addition, I copy and paste the weekly lists into my Google Classroom for my students to use. However, you may choose to make copies of the lists and distribute paper copies if that suits your needs.