As a Language Arts teacher, I have found that the best ways to support my students in their growth as readers is to teach them how to break words down to their stems to decode them. I have used a few programs in the past and decided to develop my own. This packet is nine weeks out of a twenty-one week vocabulary program that I have developed over the past five years. It is fairly straight forward - each week is a list of five Greek/Latin stems each paired with a vocabulary word (SAT level where appropriate). At the end of each list I have included a context clue sentence for each vocabulary word. I often give my students the context clue sentence and have them use the definition of the stem and the context clue sentence to decipher the meaning of each word before I give them the dictionary definition. The lists begin with fairly easy stems and increase in difficulty as the weeks progress. Also, the first several weeks include common math roots to support my students in math and science as well. I have had a great deal of success with this program. I find my students are better able to use word roots to decode unfamiliar words. A better understanding of vocabulary equals better reading comprehension.
This packet is a part of a larger vocabulary unit that I am developing to be released this summer. My larger unit will include quizzes and activities.
Greek and Latin Stems for Middle School
by Abbey Barden
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