Morphology Matters: Using Knowledge of Bases & Affixes to Build Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary Skills
Most curricula and standards recognize the importance of morphology (or the study of roots and affixes to guide vocabulary instruction) as early as 2nd grade. Recognizing that schooling often provides word study only at the primary level, this workshop picks up where basic word attack leaves off.
All too soon students are introduced to textbooks filled with longer, multisyllabic words. Even with effective basic phonics instruction, readers are often unable to handle both the increased quantity of text and its complexity. An understanding of morphology, or the meaning parts that comprise words, is valuable for the development of vocabulary and word attack skills.
In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Van Cleave engages participants in a brief overview of the origins of our language and characteristics of the major languages of influence, an introduction to morphological awareness, and then (as time permits) a study of advanced word decoding strategies. Participants practice with each concept and learn tools useful for helping students understand and decode unfamiliar words.
Recommended materials will be available for purchase at a special discounted price at the session. Please indicate which materials you are interested in purchasing to ensure that your materials are reserved.
Recommended texts and books:
Everything You Want to Know & Exactly Where to Find It— special price, $40
W.V.C.ED Morphology Deck (2nd Edition)—special price, $35
Both—special price, $70
William Van Cleave
William Van Cleave is a private practice educational consultant whose specialties include morphology and written expression. Van Cleave is an internationally recognized speaker with an interactive, hands-on presentation style, and has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools both in the United States and abroad since 1995.