Tired of handing students a list of vocabulary words to memorize, when you know in your heart-of-hearts that the majority of the students will memorize the words for the quiz and then forget them soon after? In the end, you haven't taught them a skill or a technique.
What you really want to see is students learn how to deal with words on their own. When they discover an unknown word, you want them to be able to define the word through context or by breaking it down. You want them to think critically about words and even have fun manipulating them. The Root Word Challenge Drill all that and a bag of chips! :-D
Students need to learn that words have families. English is actually a fairly new language in terms of world history. It has much older parent languages like Greek and Latin. When you look at English words, you can still see the resemblance to the ancient parent languages. And like the little puppy that has a white tail like his mom and a black patch on his ears like his mom, many English words have word parts called “Root Words” that are inherited from its parent languages.
By learning just 35 root words, the most important 35 roots, you will be able to break down and better understand 14,000 words in a collegiate dictionary or close to an estimated 100,000 words in an unabridged dictionary. This is based on the findings of James I. Brown, Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota, in his Programmed Vocabulary book.
This comprehensive vocabulary study will last your students ALL YEAR LONG. It includes:
• Foreword, Background, and Rationale
• Projectable Graphics
• Drill examples
• Student-Friendly Step-by-Step Instructions
• List of the "Magic 35" root words
• Additional Root Lists including 125 more root words
• Root Drill Scoring Rubric
• A Fantastic Root Word Review Game called "Vocabulary Slam"
• Vocabulary Slam Tournament Bracket