Focusing on Vocabulary Building
Vocabulary building strategies are some of the most important tools an educator can have in her teaching toolbox, and teaching students to break apart words (morphology) is one of those strategies no teacher should be without. Quoting the film The Firm, “it’s not sexy, but it’s got teeth!”
Did you know…?
- Approximately 60% of English words are of Greek or Latin origin
- Twenty prefixes make up 97% of prefixed words in printed school English, and just four of those (un-, re-, in-, dis-) make up the first 58%
- Words with inflectional endings (plurals, possessives, s-v agreement, tense markers) account for most words students see/read
- By middle school, a student needs to have learned approximately 9,000 word families to comprehend academic reading texts