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A focus on Greek and Latin derivatives offers a powerful tool for teachers to nurture students' vocabulary development. (Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton & Johnson 2000; Newton, Padak & Rasinski 2008)
Exploring Greek and Latin Roots: This info sheet provides mini lesson suggestions to support a possible routine for exploring Greek and Latin roots for meaning, vocabulary development and building word consciousness.
90% of English words with more than one syllable are Latin based. Almost 10% are Greek based.
A single Latin root generates 5-20 English words.
• Greek and Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary - Rasinski, T., Padak, N., Newton, R.M., Newton, E.
• Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary and Spelling Instruction - Bear, D.R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S. Johnston, F.
• Spelling K-8 Planning and Teaching - Snowball, D., Bolton, F.
Australian curriculum alignment
ACELA1526: Understand how to use knowledge of known words, word origins including some Latin and Greek roots, base words, prefixes, suffixes, letter patterns and spelling generalisations to spell new words including technical words.
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